MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has visited the Mayo Clinic for a first-hand look at its research on the coronavirus and its plans to help Minnesota scale up its coronavirus testing.
Pence was accompanied in Rochester by Gov. Tim Walz. The Democratic governor recently announced a “moonshot” partnership with Mayo and the University of Minnesota to boost the state’s capacity to 20,000 tests per day.
Pence says he knew when he heard about the partnership that this was the right time and Minnesota was the right state to visit.
Pence also visited with a coronavirus patient who has recovered. And he toured a testing lab.
Vice President Pence chose not to wear a face mask while touring the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
It’s an apparent violation of the world-renowned medical center’s policy requiring them. Video feeds show he didn’t wear a mask when he met with a Mayo employee who has recovered from COVID-19. He was also maskless when he visited a coronavirus testing lab. And Pence was the only participant not to wear a mask during a roundtable discussion.
Food and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn was among those wearing masks. Pence explained his decision by stressing that he has been frequently tested for the virus.