CDC officials are reportedly horrified their boss wrote a letter excusing Mike Pence from their own quarantine guidance
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reportedly baffled that their boss, CDC chief Robert Redfield, has taken the extraordinary step of signing a letter excusing Vice President Mike Pence from quarantine.
While Pence has so far tested negative for coronavirus, over a dozen people in Trump's orbit have been diagnosed with the disease as of last week. However, after "an extensive discussion" with Trump's doctor about Pence's chances of exposure to the disease, Redfield stated that "from a public health perspective, the Vice President is safe to attend the upcoming Vice President Debate."
"If we're not involved in the investigation, I don't know how to make that decision," a CDC official told the Washington Post anonymously. "We should follow our instructions. You should be quarantined for 14 days if you are exposed." Another CDC official said he was dismayed that such a letter had even been written by the agency's chief: "Pence should have asked a private entity to certify that he was 'clean.' It is worrying that his particularly privileged access to the the country's top health officials. "
According to the CDC website, "for COVID-19, close contact is anyone who has been within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes." But the Post notes, "Pence attended the Rose Garden ceremony two Saturdays ago, marking the Supreme Court appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett - an event several others have attended since being diagnosed with COVID-19 . "
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