Deputy campaign manager says Biden has not been tested for COVID-19

Deputy campaign manager says Biden has not been tested for COVID-19
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The deputy campaign manager for Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE said the former vice president has not been tested for COVID-19 and that he has also not had the virus.

Kate Bedingfield told ABC’s “This Week” that Biden has not been tested after the campaign declined to answer this week whether or not he received a test. 

“He has not been tested,” she told ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Sunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote MORE. “However, we have put the strictest protocols in place, and moving forward, should he need to be tested, he certainly would be.”

Bedingfield also said that the former vice president has not had COVID-19.

She said the campaign has implemented “strict protocols" for those who are around Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE (D-Calif.) to undergo "appropriate testing." 

Bedingfield also condemned the Trump administration for its vaccine development, suggesting there’s “a whole lot of reason to believe” it’s “being politically manipulated.” 

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“Unfortunately, this is consistent with the way the president has approached this crisis from the beginning,” she said. 

“I think Americans are obviously eagerly awaiting a vaccine,” she added. “They need to feel confident that the process is not being politically manipulated and they also need to feel confident … that this administration is going to be able to get a vaccine equitably and quickly to people all across the country.”

Her comments come after Trump tweeted on Saturday alleging that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making it difficult for drug companies to test vaccines and treatments. He also hinted that FDA officials were delaying testing until after the election.