After returning from a weeklong trip to California, Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
“COVID-19 was discovered in my system today. I don’t have any symptoms, and I’m going to keep isolating and following the CDC’s advice. I’m grateful to have been vaccinated and given a boost “Tuesday afternoon, Harris sent out a tweet.
Harris tested positive for Covid-19 on fast and PCR tests, according to Kirsten Allen, the vice president’s press secretary. Allen stated that Harris will “isolate and continue to work from the vice president’s mansion.”
“Due to their recent travel schedules, she has not been in frequent contact with the President or First Lady. She will follow the CDC’s instructions as well as the advice of her doctors. When Jill tests negative, Vice President Biden will return to the White House “she continued.
According to daily instructions issued to reporters Monday evening, Harris was set to receive her intelligence briefing at the White House with President Joe Biden at 10:15 a.m. ET Tuesday. According to a White House official, she did not attend any events or meetings at the White House on Tuesday.
Harris is undergoing Paxlovid, an antiviral coronavirus therapy. “Today, after consulting with her physicians, the Vice President was prescribed and has taken Paxlovid,” Kirsten Allen, the vice president’s spokesman, tweeted Tuesday.
Paxlovid is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in people aged 12 and up who are at high risk of serious illness. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
The vice president’s treatment was originally reported by the Associated Press.
A White House official confirmed that contact tracing is underway. Officials will alert the necessary individuals, but as of Tuesday afternoon, the office had not found any close working relationships among its employees.
Last week, Harris traveled to California with a small group of staff personnel, including deputy chief of staff Mike Fuchs and national security adviser Phil Gordon. It’s unclear whether all of Harris’ reported staff workers accompanied her to California for the duration of her week-long vacation.
According to the White House, Biden and Harris spoke on the phone on Tuesday afternoon. According to a White House statement to reporters, “he wanted to drop in and make sure she had everything she needs as she quarantines at home.” According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the President last tested negative for Covid-19 on Monday.
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The Senate Democrats will feel the brunt of Harris’ isolation right away. Democratic Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Ron Wyden of Oregon both disclosed on Tuesday that they had tested positive for the drug, delaying Democrats’ hopes to approve a pair of high-profile candidates this week, according to a senior Democratic staffer.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer planned to confirm Lisa Cook to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission Chair. However, due to widespread Republican opposition, voting on the nominations will be postponed until Democrats, who hold a 50-50 majority in the chamber, regain full control.
Republicans will still demand a procedural roll call vote on Cook’s nomination later Tuesday, which will fail, forcing Democrats to go through the process of breaking a filibuster against her again, demonstrating the Senate’s partisan combativeness. Senators from both parties might have agreed to waive the actual vote, but they didn’t. Republicans have yet to say if they will oppose Bedoya’s nomination.
When asked about the difficulty, Psaki told reporters on Tuesday, “That is something that members and leaders in Congress will work through.” “We are certain that we have the necessary votes to affirm them. We’re looking forward to putting them in place. But, of course, all of the individuals, all of the members, must be present to accomplish this.”
Lael Brainard was confirmed as the Fed’s vice chair by the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. The absences have no bearing on her candidacy because she has bipartisan backing.
Biden Does Not Have a Close Relationship with Harris
According to a White House official, Harris arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning and immediately went to take a test. She returned home to the Naval Observatory, where she would be isolated, after testing positive on both PCR and fast tests.
According to a source, Harris last saw Biden on April 18 during the Easter Egg Roll. She flew out of Washington that afternoon for California and didn’t return until Monday night.
She held portfolio-related activities in California last week. Harris was indoors chatting to expectant mothers and health providers sans a mask on Thursday in San Francisco, highlighting the Black maternal health problem during events. In most public indoor locations in the city, masks are advised but not compulsory.
Before returning to the nation’s capital, Harris did not hold any public appearances over the weekend.
Harris tested negative during her “routine” testing up to Tuesday, according to one official. CNN inquired about the vice president’s most recent negative test.
In January 2021, Harris finished her two-dose Moderna Covid-19 vaccination regimen. Her first booster shot was in late October, and her second shot was on April 1.