Vice President Mike Pence to visit Phoenix Wednesday as Arizona grapples with COVID-19 surge

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | The Republic

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Phoenix on Wednesday, continuing his tour of the nation’s new coronavirus hotspots in an effort to calm growing concerns that leaders in Washington and Arizona have bungled their response to the crisis. 

Dr. Deborah Birx, a respected medical voice and member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, is accompanying Pence on his visit to the 2020 battleground state. Amid the growing concerns over the spread of the virus in Arizona, Pence scrapped a planned visit to Yuma and a campaign event in Tucson and pushed back his visit from Tuesday to Wednesday.  

Pence and Birx are set to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey, public health officials and health care representatives to discuss the grim surge of new cases and hospitalizations. 

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