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Pence’s Virus Tour Takes Him to Mask-Maker 3M, Washington State

  • He says tests for 1.2 million people to be ready next week
  • 3M poised to manufacture ‘millions more masks,’ Pence says
Mike Pence
Mike Pence Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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Vice President Mike Pence visited surgical-mask maker 3M Co. and one of the U.S. areas hardest hit by the novel coronavirus on Thursday, as the Trump administration tries to show it has the outbreak under control.

Pence met 3M executives in Minneapolis to discuss ramping up mask production. From there, he traveled to Olympia, Washington, to meet with Governor Jay Inslee after the state reported its 10th death from the illness.