FDA chief to self-quarantine after exposure to person with coronavirus

FDA chief to self-quarantine after exposure to person with coronavirus
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen HahnStephen HahnRedfield says Azar pressured him to revise COVID-19 data reports The Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden's first official trip as president The Hill's Morning Report - With trial over, Biden renews push for COVID-19 bill MORE will self-quarantine for the next two weeks after learning that he came in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, the agency says.

"Per [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines, he is now in self-quarantine for the next two weeks," FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo told The Hill on Saturday. "He immediately took a diagnostic test and tested negative for the virus."

The agency did not say who exposed the commissioner to the coronavirus. Politico, citing administration officials, reported that Hahn had come in contact with Vice President Pence's press secretary, Katie Miller, who tested positive for the virus Friday.


The FDA commissioner was tested Friday, when he tested negative. The White House will continue to determine who should self-isolate on a case-by-case basis using contract tracing.

"We have put in place the guidelines that our experts have put forward to keep this building safe, which means contact tracing," press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at the White House on Friday.

"All of the recommended guidelines we have for businesses that have essential workers, we're now putting in place here in the White House. So as America reopens safely, the White House is continuing to operate safely," she added.

Miller is a top spokesperson for Pence and is married to White House senior adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerSunday shows preview: Biden hits the road to promote infrastructure proposals; US begins withdrawal from Afghanistan Trump speechwriter calls Biden address 'tedious' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to take stock, revive push for big government MORE, who writes many of President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE's speeches and is often in close proximity to the president and other White House advisers, including Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerNew Kushner group aims to promote relations between Arab states, Israel Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Iran moves closer to a diplomatic breakthrough that may upset Israel MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Jill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans MORE.

Hahn is reportedly asymptomatic and is expected to perform his full duties as FDA commissioner while he self-quarantines.