Biden hopes

Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 | TheHill – The Hill

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd’s sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE says he hopes to decide on a running mate by Aug. 1, about two weeks before the Democratic nominating convention in Milwaukee.

Speaking at a digital fundraiser hosted by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegIt’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here’s how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt The Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race MORE, Biden said his campaign’s vice presidential committee has already interviewed the contenders on his shortlist. 

“We’re in the process of deciding the basic cut — about whether or not they really want it,” Biden said. “Are they comfortable? They’ve asked a lot of questions.” 

Biden has said he’s committed to picking a woman.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPress: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Pentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump’s ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia 25 and COVID-19 Press: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Trump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams MORE (D-Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOmar condemns use of rubber bullets, tear gas on crowds at George Floyd protest Press: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Four Minneapolis officers involved in death of unarmed black man fired MORE (D-Minn.), former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams (D), and Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsPress: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – US death toll nears 100,000 as country grapples with reopening Demings ‘concerned’ over theme park openings in Florida MORE (D-Fla.) are among those believed to be up for consideration. 

Biden said he’s looking for someone he is comfortable with, as opposed to an ideological ally. 

“I think that I need somebody who in fact is simpatico with me, both in terms of personality as well as substance,” he said. “That means they don’t have to agree with me on everything, but they have to have the same basic approach to how we handle the economy and how we handle everything.” 

“I want to make sure that … whoever I have has some qualities that I don’t possess as well as is willing to, in fact, tell me the truth but also do it in a way that is between the two of us, between her and me, so that they can, in fact, be completely candid with me because I want to have people around me that have strengths and capacities I don’t,” Biden added. 

The campaign has not said how much it raised at the virtual fundraiser on Wednesday, but a virtual fundraiser Buttigieg hosted last week raised about $1 million from about 35,000 different donors.

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Coronavirus hopes

Ohio hopes to begin coronavirus antibody testing next week –

Antibody testing

Jersey City firefighter Matt Finnerty has blood drawn to test for coronavirus antibodies at a testing site in Jersey City, N.J., Monday, May 4, 2020. Finnerty is recently back at work after being out with the coronavirus then retesting negative twice in a row. (Seth Wenig, AP Photo)AP

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio may soon have a better understanding of exactly how widespread the coronavirus is, as the state hopes to begin testing for antibodies next week, an Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman said Friday.

Antibody testing could show how many people had COVID-19 without developing symptoms —potentially giving health officials and doctors a much better understanding of the virus’ spread.

The test checks for antibodies the body produces to fight off COVID-19. It’s a blood test instead of a swab, with typically faster results.

The blood is dropped on a plate with part of the virus on it called a protein. Scientists watch to see if antibodies in the blood fight the virus.

The state will pick 1,200 households randomly from across the state. These Ohioans will receive a postcard, followed by a letter notifying them of their selection, and when to expect a team of ODH workers to visit their home. During the visit, one adult will be randomly picked for testing.

Participation is voluntary. Anyone who is picked can opt out of testing by phone or email beforehand, or turn away ODH workers in person.

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