Video shows food executives instructed to remove masks before meeting US vice-president
- A Des Moines Register video shows a panel of food executives being told to remove their masks before being joined by Vice President Mike Pence.
- Pence, who has already been in hot water for not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic, already knew his press secretary had tested positive for Covid-19 before the panel.
- While the vice president has insisted he is tested often enough to afford not wearing a mask, the incident is another example of the White House not following the CDC's own guidelines.
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A video taken by the Des Moines Register shows food executives on a panel being told to remove their face masks before being joined by Vice President Mike Pence.
The panel, held Friday, addressed severe Covid-19 outbreaks at meatpacking facilities. It was streamed live at the time by the Register.
Shortly after the six-minute mark in the video, a woman can be seen instructing two groups of executives to remove their masks by making a gesture, as pointed out by The Intercept. Executives who arrived later appeared without their masks.
In April, Pence was widely criticised for not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic despite the facility's guidelines.
And by the time the Iowa food supply panel convened, Pence had known for a few hours that his press secretary, Katie Miller, had tested positive for Covid-19.
The incident is another example of Pence not following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to wearing a mask in an instance where Pence would be indoors and within six feet of other people, the CDC would recommend that someone who was in contact with a positive case of the coronavirus should self isolate for two weeks.
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