Washington, D.C., is arguably the most vaccinated and boosted place in America when it comes to COVID-19. Nevertheless, politicians are continuing to test positive for the virus.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday, according to The Hill. This came just one day after a public appearance with President Joe Biden.
Pelosi had joined Biden at the White House Wednesday as the president signed a bill to reform the Postal Service. The House Speaker was just about to begin her weekly news conference Thursday when her office made the announcement that she was positive for the virus.
“After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” her deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, said of her condition in a tweet Thursday. “The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided,” Hammill continued.
“The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly.” This result comes at an inopportune time as Pelosi was set to leave on an overseas trip for the Easter recess.
It was reported that Pelosi would travel to Taiwan Sunday, a risky political move that would have provoked the Chinese government. Though her office had not officially acknowledged the trip, Hammill has since said Pelosi’s positive test meant the “planned Congressional delegation to Asia” would be put on hold.
Pelosi is one of several lawmakers to recently test positive for COVID-19. Though the pandemic is clearly on the wane elsewhere, Biden’s Cabinet secretaries and other top officials have recently been diagnosed despite stringent precautions, including mandatory vaccines and boosters.
It’s clear that the virus is making its rounds again on Capitol Hill from these reports. However, there is always a chance that the virus is being used as a convenient excuse to back out of politically risky commitments.