UPDATE: A day after White House assurances that 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 âroutineâ visit.
Sunday’s unusual medical appointment raised eyebrows in the media. But Symone Sanders, senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Harris, said on 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 Harris and his staff “were at no risk of exposure as they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore did not need to be tested or quarantined.” , Sanders said. âThe Vice President and her staff are fully immunized. “
EARLIER: Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff avoided exposure to Covid-19 in a recent meeting with Texas lawmakers, two of whom have now tested positive, according to a spokesperson for the White House office of the vice-president.
“On Tuesday, July 13, Vice President Harris met with members of the Texas State Legislature who are temporarily in Washington, DC. Earlier today, it was brought to our attention that two of the members of this meeting tested positive for COVID-19, “said Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesperson.
“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 tested positive. and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined. The Vice-President and her staff are fully immunized.
Texas House Democratic Caucus Director Phillip Martin announced on Saturday that three of the state’s Democratic lawmakers tested positive for Covid-19 while in the nation’s capital. More than 50 House Democrats from Texas arrived in Washington on Monday to try to block passage of a Republican-backed law that would impose new voting requirements in Lone Star state.
For now, the lawmakers in question remain in DC. Their names and conditions were not disclosed. Each member of the delegation 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 collaborators could have potentially sounded the death knell. While President Biden received his second coronavirus vaccine in 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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