A White House official and a senior aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have tested positive for COVID-19.
This month (July 2021) the White House confirmed that some officials had tested positive for COVID-19. A White House official and an aide to speaker Nancy Pelosi both tested positive and were fully vaccinated.
In a statement, the White House confirmed that it was aware that breakthrough cases might occur among vaccinated individuals, and highlighted that the vaccine is still 90 to 95 percent effective in stopping hospitalizations and deaths caused by COVID-19.
Press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that a White House staffer tested positive off-campus and experiencing mild symptoms. Both the officials had attended the same reception at the Eaton hotel. President Biden has not been in contact with the infected person, she said.
The Delta variant has been fast spreading quickly in the U.S., it is still unknown whether it increases the likelihood of breakthrough infections.
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