US Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, highlighting the virus’s persistence as the White House said the United States lifts pandemic restrictions in an effort to return to normal.
Harris’ press secretary Kirsten Allen said that neither President Joe Biden nor First Lady Jill Biden were considered Harris’ “close contacts” in recent days. The White House said Harris was scheduled to attend Biden’s daily briefing on Tuesday but was not present.
The Vice President returned on Monday from a week-long trip to the country’s west coast. Harris was last with Biden on Monday, April 18.
“I am asymptomatic and will be self-isolating and following CDC guidelines,” Harris tweeted. “I’m grateful for the vaccination and the boost.”
It was not immediately clear whether he had been given any antiviral medication.
The White House said Biden called her on the phone Tuesday afternoon to make sure she had “everything she needed” while working from home.
Harris, 57, received her first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine weeks before she took office, and days after she takes office in 2021. He received a booster dose in late October. People who are fully vaccinated and boosted have a high degree of protection against severe symptoms and death from COVID-19, especially from the more common and highly contagious Omicron variant.
Harris’ diagnosis came a month after her husband Doug Emhoff recovered from the virus, as a wave of cases continues to infect Washington’s political class, cabinet members, White House staffers and lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Huh.
The White House has implemented strict COVID-19 protocols around the president, vice president and their spouses, including daily testing for those in close contact with them. The White House said that Biden is regularly tested on the recommendation of his doctor and on Monday he returned a negative result.