Vice President Mike Pence travels to Orlando to meet with tourism industry leaders

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida’s tourism industry was in for a big day with the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence traveled to Orlando to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss Florida’s phased economic reopening.

Read: 9 things to know about Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Orlando today

The vice president also delivered personal protective equipment to an area nursing home in a mission to deliver PPE to more than 15,000 nursing homes across the country.

Later in the day, Pence joined a roundtable discussion with tourism and other hospitality industry leaders to listen to their path to reopening.

Read: LIVE UPDATES: Orlando’s major theme parks expected to reveal planned reopening dates tomorrow

Watch the full discussion below:

Channel 9 anchor Greg Warmoth interviewed Pence at Beth’s Burger Bar in Orlando.

Pence promised a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year.

“We’re not going to wait for all the clinical trials to be done,” he said. “We’re going to start producing it right away so that once we get through the final phase of testing -- likely this fall -- we have the potential to have hundreds of millions of doses available.”

Air Force Two landed in Orlando just before 11:30 a.m.

You can watch Pence’s arrival below:

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See Pence’s departure below:

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Reporter Steve Barrett returned to WFTV in mid-2017 after 18 months in the Twin Cities, where he worked as Vice President of Communications for an Artificial Intelligence software firm aligned with IBM.

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