White House officials say they are taking all necessary precautions to maintain President BidenJoe Biden Five Takeaways from a Bleak Night for Democrats Youngkin Wins Virginia Governor’s Race Michelle Wu Chosen as Boston’s First Mayor MORE contracting COVID-19, following news that the press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiManchin frustrates Democrats with the latest outburst from the White House “confident” that Manchin will back the reconciliation framework. Manchin demands an infrastructure vote; delay support for expense bill PLUS he had been diagnosed with the virus.
Psaki, who is vaccinated, is only the latest person in Biden’s orbit to contract COVID-19. While the president is vaccinated and has received a booster shot, he is also 78 years old, putting him at higher risk if he contracts COVID-19.
Vaccines make a person much less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 or to be fatal.
A White House official said the protocols for anyone interacting with Biden are “informed by recommendations from medical and public health experts” and that “multi-risk mitigation strategies” are employed to protect Biden on a regular basis. including mandatory tests as a basic requirement before. interacting with him, wearing indoor masks, and social distancing “when appropriate.” Biden is randomly tested every two weeks as a safety measure.
The White House also has strict guidelines on quarantine. Psaki will have to stay home for 10 days until she can return to work.
“I think it’s always the most important thing,” said a Biden ally of the need to keep Biden and the White House safe. “How could it not be after the last year and a half?”
On this week’s overseas trip, the White House official said Biden and his aides were meeting the requirements of Italy and Britain.
The president was screened on Sunday as a prerequisite before entering the UK for an international climate summit and tested negative for COVID-19, the White House chief deputy press secretary said. Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-Pierre Democrats face anger from women over loss of paid leave Biden puts the presidency on the line with House of Representatives Biden to challenge McAuliffe in test of his electoral brand MORE he told reporters on Monday, after Psaki’s positive test was revealed.
The White House official said the vaccine and the booster shot were Biden’s “primary protection.”
“This, along with the social distancing precautions that have been recommended for many, many months, maintains an incredibly safe environment,” the official continued.
Previous President TrumpDonald Trump Republicans are poised to sweep Virginia, wowing Democrats Five takeaways from a bleak night for Democrats New Jersey’s gubernatorial race is too close to call for MORE contracted COVID-19 in October 2020, just weeks before the presidential election. Trump had a severe case of the disease and was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Biden’s presidential campaign focused largely on the argument that he would handle the coronavirus more responsibly than Trump. This White House has been tougher on coronavirus protocols than the Trump administration, which largely rejected the masks.
“Overall, as far as we know, the Biden administration has brought COVID safety to a much higher level of protection than the Trump administration,” said Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University. “Having said this, [Biden] he is more vulnerable even after he has had his reinforcement. ”
The wide availability of coronavirus vaccines has ushered in a sense of normalcy in daily life at the White House: Biden regularly travels and hosts events on the White House grounds, and daily press conferences are once again attracting to their usual crowds.
Gostin said he was surprised to see the president interacting with Pope FranciscoPope Francis Press: In the war between Catholics, Pope Francis sides with Biden Biden says the Pope gave the family ‘great comfort’ after the death of his son Biden receives communion in Rome MORE in Rome last week without masks, arguing that he sent the wrong message.
“From a pontiff and president of those later years, I would have expected masking and distancing and the open air if possible, and we got none of that,” Gostin said.
The White House has declined to detail the extent of coronavirus infections in the compound in recent weeks, only revealing cases when they appear among senior staff.
Psaki, who is experiencing mild symptoms, said she decided not to make the trip abroad and self-quarantined after family members tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. He received negative tests until Sunday, the same day he revealed that he had a major case.
Health experts said it is highly unlikely that Biden was exposed to the virus, given that Psaki last saw him in person five days before receiving the positive test. White House officials, including Biden and his senior staff, also wear masks indoors unless they are delivering comments.
While cases are declining in many parts of the country, the virus has presented challenges for an administration desperate to bring a sense of normalcy to Americans. And at times, the administration has had to answer questions about Biden and other White House directors.
When Biden showed a cough last month, for example, Psaki said he was fine and attributed it to allergies.
In September, Vice President Harris got a COVID-19 scare when two hosts of “The View” tested positive for the virus moments before the scheduled date for her to sit down for a live, in-person interview. Harris did the interview from another room, and ultimately the tests were deemed false positives.
The Biden White House now requires that most federal workers, including those working in the White House, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22 or face disciplinary action, including termination.
Journalists and guests entering the White House grounds must attest that they are vaccinated or undergoing tests.
The White House has touted vaccines, emphasizing that people who are vaccinated are much less likely to be hospitalized or die if they contract COVID-19. Vaccines also have the potential to kill the disease, although the large number of unvaccinated people in the United States provides a fertile population for which it can spread.
“There are extremely rare cases of deaths or hospitalizations among fully vaccinated people,” Psaki said earlier this month after the former secretary of state Colin PowellColin Powell The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Manchin, Sanders in budget dispute; Biden Remains Upbeat Night Defense and National Security – Presented by Raytheon Technologies – House of Representatives Legislators Expect Military Pay Raise Next Year Colin Powell Memorial Service is scheduled for November 5 at Washington National Cathedral MORE, who was vaccinated but suffered from comorbidities, died of complications from the virus. “It is also the case … that an unvaccinated person has a 10 times higher risk of dying from COVID-19 compared to a fully vaccinated person. So there is no question that vaccination, that taking precautions can save lives. “
Psaki is the highest-ranking White House official known to have contracted the coronavirus in the Biden administration. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasDHS Seeks to Block Reimplementation of Remain in Mexico After Writing New White House Psaki Memo Tests Positive for COVID-19 in US at End: Biden Becomes Full Oprah, Considers 0K Payments to Separated Illegal Immigrants in the border MORE and State Department spokesman Ned Price tested positive for the virus earlier this fall.