A White House official and one of the spokespersons for the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, tested positive for covid-19 despite being vaccinated, official sources reported Tuesday. Neither of the two affected had close contact with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, or with Pelosi.
These two cases are in addition to those that had already been reported among the White House staff., but that although they were confirmed, it was not reported at the time how many they were or who they were.
“Yesterday, a White House official fully vaccinated tested positive for covid-19 when he was off the presidential campus, “White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at her daily press conference. That person she is isolated, with “mild symptoms” and it has not been determined for now that she has had “close contacts” with “other high-ranking White House personnel”Psaki added.
The spokeswoman admitted that in recent months there have been more cases of White House personnel testing positive for coronavirus despite being vaccinatedYes, but he did not want to specify how many and only clarified that none of them is an adviser who has frequent contact with Biden.
Both the White House official and the Pelosi spokesperson who tested positive were at an outdoor reception at a Washington hotel last week with a delegation of Texas state legislators who are visiting the capital. At least two of those Texas lawmakers tested positive this weekend, days after also meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, whose team determined even so that he had not run the risk of being infected and therefore should not quarantine.
Psaki assured this Tuesday that Biden (who is vaccinated) is tested for covid-19 “every two weeks”, as well as a good part of his advisers, while journalists who have access to the president are forced to submit to a quick test the day they have an interview.
The White House does not seem willing to change its protocols in light of the new contagion and Psaki said that “infections from vaccinated people (result in symptoms that) are normally mild.” Since the end of May, both the White House staff and the journalists who cover it have been working from the West Wing without wearing a mask, as long as they are vaccinated, according to the guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA
After months with reduced capacity, Psaki’s daily press conference has once again been held with dozens of journalists in the seats and corridors of the small room, although practically all of them are vaccinated, according to the White House Correspondents Association.
Capitol employees and reporters who cover them also work without masks, who In many cases, however, they put on the mask again this Tuesday after learning the positive from Pelosi’s collaborator. He has not had contact with the head of the Lower House and both he and the rest of the press office staff worked this Tuesday from home to exercise extreme precautions.