U.S. President Donald Trump announced a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus has entered its first stage of testing during a press conference, Monday, March 16.
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Before going through the iron gate on the north side of the executive mansion, all journalists had their foreheads swiped with a digital thermometer to ensure they are not running a fever. They were instructed to briefly place the back of one hand to the forehead to ensure an accurate reading, a scene that captured the sense of anxiety.
Once the correspondents passed through the normal security screening and walked down the driveway to the West Wing, they noticed an emergency modification to the seating in the White House briefing room.
The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA), which assigns the room's seating, decided late Sunday without any direction from the press office to enforce social distancing.