December 1, 2021

Joe Biden exposed to Covid-19 after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for breakthrough Covid case

Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated individuals are supposed to be rare. Now someone very close to President Joe Biden has tested positive, raising questions about his vulnerability.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday after appearing with Biden Saturday, Fox News reported. Both he and the president were together at an event Saturday.

“Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice,” Marsha Espinosa, DHS spokesperson, said. Mayorkas was in close proximity to both the president and first lady, though health experts are not concerned.

The secretary and Biden attended the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol. There is no word on the level of contact they had, but the event was outdoors and Mayorkas’s positive test came more than 48 hours after the two appeared together.

Prior to this recent news, there have been other high-profile breakthrough cases in fully vaccinated people. In May, nine New York Yankees baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 despite receiving innoculations, CNBC reported at the time.

In July, a White House official and an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also tested positive despite being fully vaccinated, Axios reported. That same month, a group of fully vaccinated Texas state lawmakers who traveled to Washington, D.C., in a political stunt to stop election security legislation tested positive for the virus.

Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended boosters for certain populations. The president received his booster shot in September at a public event and would be considered fully inoculated.

If the shot works as promised, Biden will be fine since he’s thrice vaccinated and was only outdoors with Mayorkas which makes transmission vanishingly rare. However, all eyes will be on the 78-year-old president’s health anyway.

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