July 22, 2022

Biden's Covid Woes

  • The Hill

By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

After claiming Covid “is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” fully-vaccinated and twice-boosted President Biden has tested positive.  White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “He is fully-vaccinated and twice-boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.”

The Background:

Current CDC guidelines say that anyone who tests positive or shows symptoms of COVID needs to isolate for at least five days, regardless of that person’s vaccination status, and that masks should be worn when around others for another five days. The guidelines also instruct COVID-positive individuals to wear a well-fitting mask if they must be around others.

Yet shortly after announcing Biden’s positive status, the President was maskless in the West Wing, having his picture taken and videos made. When questioned, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “I think that what matters here is making sure that we continue to do the work, and the good thing is that the president, again, has been vaccinated and double boosted.”

White House COVID Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha confirmed Biden had been showing symptoms Wednesday before testing positive on Thursday. However when asked, neither Jha or Jean-Pierre would answer questions regarding when Biden might have contracted Covid or from whom. 

Notable Quotes:

“Look, I don’t think that matters, right? I think what matters is we prepared for this moment,” - White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

 

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