BREAKING: Vice President Harris Tests Positive for COVID

Breaking news out of Washington D.C. early Tuesday afternoon: Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19.

In its tweet announcing the news, CNN notes that Harris is “fully vaccinated and boosted twice.”


The CNN article notes that Harris received her second booster on April 1st, which makes the timing particularly interesting.

Of course, this news comes not long after other high-profile D.C. figures have tested positive, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Harris’ new Communications Director, Jamal Simmons.

Those positives were announced in early April, following a Gridiron dinner. Following that news, there was contradictory information from the White House regarding close contact with President Joe Biden and mitigation measures (or the lack thereof), as to both Pelosi and Harris.

As RedState’s Nick Arama noted at the time:

In attendance at the event was Kamala Harris. Harris had been in close contact with her Communications Director Jamal Simmons, who announced on April 6 that he had come down with COVID. Harris said that she would be following “CDC guidance.” CDC guidance says that if you have had that close contact and you are up to date with all your vaccinations, you should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days.

But Harris was without a mask in the Senate on Thursday when Jackson was confirmed. Then again, during the ceremony at the White House, which was held outside, she was also without a mask, although she hugged KBJ and stood next to both her and Biden during remarks.


Per CNN:

Though the White House has continued to hold crowded indoor events where masks are optional and officials have forgone masks in public, the administration has said they are going beyond federal guidelines to detect Covid-19 in the building. There’s mandatory testing for those who come into contact with President Joe Biden and social distancing during meetings, at least when it’s possible.

Per CNN Correspondent, MJ Lee, Harris is not considered a “close contact” of Biden. (Telling, in more ways than one.)  The Vice President is not currently exhibiting symptoms.


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