Kamala Harris tests positive for COVID

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The White House announced Tuesday that U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, showing the virus’s persistence even as parts of the country are lifting social restrictions in an attempt to return to normalcy.

Harris tested positive in the rapid and PCR tests, the presidency added, but noted that “he has not shown symptoms.” The vice president will self-isolate at her residence, but she will continue to work remotely and return to the White House once she tests negative for the virus.

Harris, 57, received her first vaccination, from Moderna, shortly before taking office. She received the second shortly after being sworn in in January 2021. She received a booster dose in late October and another on April 1.

Those who are vaccinated are generally fairly protected from dying or becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, particularly the contagious omicron variant.

The White House clarified that neither President Joe Biden nor First Lady Jill Biden have been “close contacts” of Harris in recent days.

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