White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Joe Biden had been in close contact with a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
The incident took place prior to Biden’s flight on Air Force One on Friday to South Carolina. The staff member tested positive on Monday.
The staff member was reportedly vaccinated and had received a booster shot. Biden has tested negative for the virus as recently as Monday.
“The President is tested on a regular basis,” Psaki said, noting that Biden would be tested on Wednesday as a safety precaution.
President Biden was in close contact with a White House official who later tested positive for Covid, the administration said on Monday. Biden tested negative on a PCR test and will be tested again on Wednesday, the White House press secretary said. https://t.co/ec2nxRWqFp
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“As CDC guidance does not require fully vaccinated people to quarantine after an exposure. The President will continue with his daily schedule,” she added.
The incident happened shortly after Biden announced on Dec. 16, “If you’re vaccinated, and you have your booster shot, you’re protected from severe illness and death.”
The recent surge in positive case numbers, including those who are vaccinated, continues to cause concern that the vaccine is not the perfect solution against the virus.