United States Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced Tuesday (IST).
“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests. She has not shown any symptoms, she will be isolated and will continue to work from the residence of the Vice President. She has not been in close contact with the President or the First Lady due to their respective recent travel itineraries. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative,” the statement read.
The Vice President has recently returned from a week-long visit to the West Coast.
Harris’ press secretary Kirsten Allen said neither President Joe Biden nor First Lady Jill Biden were considered close contacts of Harris in recent days. Because of his travel schedule, Harris last saw Biden on Monday, April 18.
Kamala Harris, who is 57, received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine a few weeks before taking office and a second dose a few days after the inaugural day in 2021. He received a booster shot in late October and an additional booster on April 1.
Fully vaccinated and grown people have high levels of protection against serious illness and death from COVID-19, especially from the most common and highly permeable Omicron variant.