/Vice President Kamala Harris tests positive for the coronavirus – The Washington Post

Vice President Kamala Harris tests positive for the coronavirus – The Washington Post

Harris, 57, is fully vaccinated and boosted, and as vice president has access to some of the world’s best medical care. Still, she is in a vulnerable demographic that the Food and Drug Administration made eligible for a second booster shot in March.

Two Democratic senators — Chris Murphy (Conn.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) — tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday, as well. With Harris, the Democrats’ tiebreaking vote in the Senate, isolating until she tests negative, any contentious votes in the Senate will most likely be on hold. However, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Tuesday that efforts to confirm several of President Biden’s nominees this week would continue.

“We’ve had some issues with attendance that just arose in the last few hours, but we’re going to continue pushing to get the president’s nominees confirmed,” Schumer said. “These health issues will not deter us from getting these done.”

Several other top administration officials have contracted the virus, even as the White House says it has implemented more stringent measures to protect those who work on campus — especially the president, vice president and their spouses. Harris’s husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, tested positive for the coronavirus in March, and the vice president was designated a “close contact” after an aide contracted the virus, though she did not get sick on either of those occasions.

“Of course, it is possible that the president, like any other American, could get covid,” Jha told reporters at his first White House news briefing appearance. “The bottom line is, he is vaccinated and boosted, he is very well protected, he’s got very good protocols around him to protect him from getting infected. But there is no 100 percent anything.”

Biden was last tested for the coronavirus Monday and was negative, Psaki said. Biden checked in with Harris on Tuesday afternoon by phone to make sure she had everything she needed as she isolated at home, according to the White House.

Harris had been on the West Coast last week, with stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and returned to Washington on Monday. The White House did not immediately release details about who would be considered close contacts of the vice president during this time. Harris was scheduled to join Biden Tuesday morning for the President’s Daily Brief, and had been slated to attend the funeral of former secretary of state Madeleine Albright on Wednesday with the president. But Harris did not participate in any events or meetings at the White House Tuesday, and the last time she saw Biden in person was on April 18, according to her office.

Scientists warn that new variants are still emerging and could continue to arise for some time, leaving the pandemic’s future unpredictable. At the same time, a growing number of Americans are signaling that they are eager to put the pandemic behind them and return to a normal, restriction-free life.