The White House’s deputy spokeswoman stated Sunday she has examined positive for Covid-19 following a visit to Europe with President Joe Biden that she solely joined as a result of the senior press secretary canceled after getting her personal positive take a look at.
The announcement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was the newest in a string of Covid circumstances amongst individuals who have hung out with Biden or folks round him.
Jean-Pierre stated she had a positive PCR take a look at after returning within the early hours of Sunday to the United States with Biden from Brussels and Poland. But she stated the president, who has been vaccinated and boosted, was not in peril.
“This afternoon… I took a PCR test. That test came back positive. I last saw the president during a socially distanced meeting yesterday, and the president is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance,” she stated in an announcement.
“I am sharing the news of my positive test today out of an abundance of transparency,” stated Jean-Pierre, who added that she is experiencing “mild symptoms” and has been absolutely vaccinated.
Last Tuesday, on the eve of Biden’s departure, Press Secretary Jen Psaki introduced she had acquired a positive Covid take a look at. This required Jean-Pierre to fill in for Psaki on the high-profile journey, which included a collection of summits in Belgium and a go to with US troops and Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
Earlier this month, Biden attended a dinner in Washington the place he met with Ireland’s prime minister, Micheal Martin, who then abruptly left the gala after being knowledgeable of a positive Covid take a look at.
The White House stated that Biden had not spent sufficient time with Martin to be in danger and didn’t require extra frequent testing.
Shortly earlier than Martin’s case, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, who commonly sees Biden, additionally examined positive for Covid-19.