Just a few months ago, Mike Pence acquired his career's most important role as the head of the administration's coronavirus task force. Recently, the vice president marked his foray into a new phase, serving as the government's unofficial coronavirus czar, supervising the risky reboot of the nation's economy, while maneuvering through coronavirus upsurge in different states and trying to meet Trump's ambitious goal of coming up with a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2020.

The outcome of Pence's efforts will play a vital role in determining Trump’s last presidential election and shaping his first presidential election if he runs in 2024. Those close to the president, including four administration officials who didn't have the permission to speak publicly said the next months will be a high-stakes exercise in legacy-building.

Whatever happens, as the president promotes the reopening of schools and businesses would either pave the way for Pence political future or jeopardize it even before he gets an opportunity to become a presidential potential himself.  If the virus disappears and America avoids a major recovery this fall, Pence allies suggest this moment will enhance his overall image.

On the downside, they believe more trouble could lead to political trouble for Pence, who is expected to join the Republican field in the succeeding residential cycle. It is a problem that several vice presidents have had to deal with before, leaving them subject to criticism for the failures of their bosses while receiving a negligible amount of credit for actions that would normally garner noteworthy appreciation.

Author of “The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden” Joel Goldstein says there are two major problems. First off, vice presidents running for president carry baggage from the administration they were a part of, and to make things worse, emerging from the shadows is an arduous task.

Goldstein explains that Pence's role has enabled him to garner popularity and be visible, but if he decides to run in 2024, he will not be able to claim that he was working closely with the governors while Trump was simply complicating things and making argumentative comments.

Restlessly waiting to escape the coronavirus crate, Pence called for a preliminary discussion this week about coming up with a transition plan in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by Memorial Day, which will be observed on May 25 in America this year.