The FDA chief self-quarantines after contacting a coronavirus positive individual

Photo shows Katie Miller speaking to press day before testing positive

“As Dr. Hahn wrote in a staff note today, he recently came into contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 guidelines. For (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), he is now in quarantine for the next two weeks. He underwent a diagnostic test and tested negative for the virus, “said FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum in a statement on Friday.

Hahn will continue his work from home, Felberbaum confirmed on CNN on Saturday.

While the FDA did not name the person Hahn came into contact with, President Donald Trump last Friday revealed that Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, had proven positive for Covid-19.

Hahn is a member of the White House coronavirus task force, which held the most recent meeting Thursday.

An official familiar with the situation within the White House coronavirus task force told CNN that it is unclear if any panel members will be quarantined and that more will be known about the next steps on Saturday.

Miller was the second White House member to test the virus positively this week, after CNN reported Thursday that one of Trump’s personal valets had tested positive earlier in the week.

A senior White House official told CNN on Friday that contact tracing was done inside the White House following Miller ‘s positive test. All the people she was in contact with, including her husband, Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller, were negative, the official said.

The White House began to make sure that staff wore masks in the White House residence and increased tests and temperature checks across the West Wing.

The FDA has been heavily involved in the government’s response to the pandemic, reviewing tests, potential vaccines and treatments and providing assistance in the medical supply chain.

He expected that Hahn would testify next week at a hearing from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the government’s response to the coronavirus.

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Felberbaum told CNN that the FDA is “working with all parties” in connection with the agency’s participation in Tuesday’s hearing.

This story was updated with additional comments from FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum on Saturday.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the times when one of Trump’s personal valets tested positive for coronavirus.

CNN’s Maegan Vazquez, Kaitlan Collins, and John Harwood contributed to this report.


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