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Vice President Kamala Harris tests positive for COVID-19

Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House said on Tuesday.

Harris, who is fully vaccinated and boosted twice, was not a close contact of the president or first lady, White House press secretary Kirsten Allen pointed out.

Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the White House;
Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the White House;
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“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” Allen said in a statement.

“She has not had close contact with either the President or the First Lady due to their respective current travel plans. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians.”

According to White House Press Secretary Kirsten Allen, Harris has not been in close contact with President Biden or First Lady Jill Biden.
According to White House Press Secretary Kirsten Allen, Harris has not been in close contact with President Biden or First Lady Jill Biden.
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Harris has shown no symptoms and will be isolating and working from the vice president’s residence, Allen added.

“The vice president will return to the White House if she tests negative,” the statement said.

Harris was scheduled to receive the President’s Daily Brief with President Biden in the Oval Office Tuesday morning, but White House spokesman Chris Meagher told The Post that the Veep was not present.

The vice president was last seen with Biden at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 18. Shortly thereafter, Harris traveled to California for a series of events across the state, returning to Washington, D.C. Monday night.

Harris’ positive test result comes just weeks after several other administration members – including a member of her staff – tested positive for the virus amid a spike in positive cases in Washington, DC.

Although Harris has been exposed to the virus frequently — either through co-workers or her husband — it doesn’t appear that the vice president has previously publicly tested positive for COVID-19.

She was most recently exposed after her communications director, Jamal Simmons, tested positive after April’s Gridiron dinner – which has since been dubbed a superspreader event.

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

The Vice President received her first vaccination against the coronavirus, the Moderna vaccine, in December 2020. She received the second vaccination a month later and the first booster shot of the same name in October 2021.

Harris received the second booster vaccination on April 1st.

Her positive finding also comes as the White House has begun lifting several coronavirus-related restrictions, including mask mandates and holding large gatherings.

Last week, the White House expected up to 30,000 people to attend the recent Easter Egg Roll.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/26/vice-president-kamala-harris-tests-positive-for-covid-19/ Vice President Kamala Harris tests positive for COVID-19

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