UPDATE: One day after the assurances of the White House this vice president Kamala Harris did not contract Covid-19 after being exposed to two infected Texas lawmakers, she is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for what is described as a “routine” visit.
Sunday’s unusual doctor’s appointment raised eyebrows in the media. But Symone Sanders, senior adviser and chief spokeswoman for Harris, said Saturday that the vice president and her staff in a meeting with two infected people were not at risk of exposure to the virus.
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The White House assured that Harris and his staff “were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore did not need to be tested or put in quarantine,” Sanders said. “The Vice President and her staff are fully vaccinated.”
EARLIER: Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff avoided exposure to Covid-19 during a recent meeting with Texas lawmakers, two of whom have now tested positive, according to a White House office spokesperson of the vice president.
“On Tuesday, July 13, Vice President Harris met with members of the Texas State Legislature who are temporarily in Washington, D.C. Earlier in the day it came to our attention that two of the members of this meeting have tested positive for COVID-19,” said Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders.
“Based on the timeline of these positive tests, it was determined that the vice president and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure as they were not in close contact with those who had been tested positive and therefore did not need to be tested or quarantined. The Vice President and her staff are fully vaccinated.
Texas House Democratic Caucus Director Phillip Martin announced Saturday that three of the state’s Democratic lawmakers had tested positive for Covid-19 while in the nation’s capital. More than 50 Texas House Democrats arrived in DC on Monday to try to block passage of a Republican-backed law that would impose new voting requirements in the Lone Star State.
At this time, the lawmakers in question remain in DC. Their names and terms have not been released. Each member of the delegation who tested positive for Covid-19 via a rapid test had previously been vaccinated against the virus.
For the White House, a positive Covid-19 test from Harris or one of his aides could have potentially spelled disaster. As President Biden received his second vaccination against coronavirus Since January, the 78-year-old Pennsylvania native remains at high risk of serious illness if he contracts the virus, given his advanced age.
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