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Biden to Get Tested for COVID-19 for First Time: Campaign

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be tested for COVID-19, his campaign announced Monday.

Biden, 77, has not been tested once for the new disease, which is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. That virus began circulating late last year.

“For the entirety of this outbreak, Joe Biden has lived his values, modeling and strongly encouraging responsible behavior to keep Americans safe while proposing the kind of desperately needed national strategy for defeating this pandemic that Donald Trump still has not provided,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to news outlets.

“This announcement is another step demonstrating Joe Biden and Kamala Harriss commitment to turn the page on Trumps catastrophic mismanagement during the worst public health crisis in 100 years,” he added later.

Bidens campaign has argued he didnt need to get tested because he rarely interacts with the public. Biden has primarily stayed at home in Delaware since March.

The announcement came one day after a campaign official said Biden hasnt had the virus, something thats impossible to know without being tested.

“He has not been tested; however, we have put the strictest protocols in place and, moving forward, should he need to be tested, he certainly would be,” deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said during an appearance on ABCs “This Week.”

“He has not had the virus,” she claimed.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks to vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on stage outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 20, 2020. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A significant percentage of people—as many as 40 percent—who become infected with the CCP virus dont show any symptoms.

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