The vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence was held on Wednesday night, and the COVID-19 pandemic took center stage between the two candidates.

The debate was held just two days after President Donald Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he received treatment for the coronavirus for three days following a positive test days after his first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The Commission on Presidential Debates expanded COVID-19 safety precautions as Harris and Pence were spaced 12 feet apart for their debate, instead of the 7 feet originally planned, and separated by plexiglass.

The Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic were discussed throughout the debate ranging from healthcare to the economy, as well as racial tensions throughout the country, and the nomination of a new justice to the Supreme Court.

US election 2020: Pence and Harris meet for vice presidential debate as administration is gripped by Covid-19


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