Americans will have a coronavirus antibody test ‘very soon,’ Pence says

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US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 6, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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Vice President Mike Pence said on Friday that the United States is expected to have an antibody test “very soon” that will determine whether somebody has been exposed to the coronavirus.

“More than 2.1 million tests have been performed and we continue to work very, very closely with FDA and suppliers around the country to expand the ability of testing,” Pence said at a White House press briefing, addressing the development of coronavirus testing in the country.

“Very soon, we will have an antibody test,” he said, “and Americans will be able to take to determine whether they ever had the coronavirus.”

But Pence cautioned Americans to continue following the social distancing guidelines put in place by the White House and local and state officials. 

“There is hope in this moment that thanks to what the American people are doing every day: adhering to the president’s coronavirus guidelines,” he said at a press briefing on Friday.

“We’re getting there, America. We’re making progress. But it’s imperative that we all continue to implement all the guidance in the 30 days to slow the spread.”

The coronavirus has spread to dozens of countries globally, with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and over 97,200 deaths so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 466,396 cases in the United States and at least 16,703 deaths, according to the latest tallies.

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