Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States is Covid-19 positive as per the announcement made by the White House on 26th April, Tuesday. However, she is asymptomatic. She just returned from a weeklong trip to California.
Kirsten Allen, the vice president’s press secretary, released a statement stating, “Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for Covid-19 on rapid and PCR tests. She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the vice president’s residence”.
“She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative”, Allen added.
Kamala Harris is asymptomatic as she tests positive for COVID-19
Today at 10:15 AM ET, Harris was scheduled to receive her intelligence briefing at the White House along with US President Joe Biden, however, she did not attend any meeting or event at the White House on Tuesday as per a White House official.
57-year-old Harris came to the White House from her trip to California and headed straight to undergo a Covid test. She then returned back to her residence after testing positive. It is expected that she will be in isolation for some time.
On 18th April, after her meeting with Biden at the Easter Egg Roll, she left for California on the same day. She got her first jab of the Moderna vaccine several weeks before she assumed office.
She took the second dose a few days after Inauguration Day in the year 2021. She also got her booster jab in late October and one more additional booster recently on 1st April.
Recently the US has relaxed the majority of its Covid-19 restriction measures after the huge spike in the number reported over the winter because of the Omicron variant. She is the latest high-profile politician who contracted the virus.
As per White House press secretary Jen Psaki, there is no proposal to return back to pandemic-era restrictions. “We are continuing to implement the return-to-work policy and feel we have the measures necessary to do that,” she said.
Rise in Covid cases off-late
As per the latest federal public health guidelines, people visiting the White House are not required to wear masks or maintain social distancing. There was a decline in the Covid cases in Washington after they registered a peak in early January this year. However, there has been a rise in the Covid cases off-late.
Even though the White House has held indoor events attended by many people wherein wearing masks was optional, the administration confirmed that they are going beyond the federal guidelines to detect Covid-19. Testing is mandatory for people who come into contact with US President.
“As many countries reduce testing, the WHO is receiving less and less information about transmission and sequencing. This makes us increasingly blind to patterns of transmission and evolution,” said, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the UN agency’s headquarters in Geneva.
Recent Covid positive cases
Recently many White House staff and Washington elites tested Covid positive. Last month Jen Psaki canceled her trip after testing positive and White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had to return shortly from a trip to Europe after he was tested positive. Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband also tested positive for Covid-19 in March.
People who are fully vaccinated and took their booster dose of the Covid vaccine have a high degree of protection against serious illness and death from Covid-19.
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