Kamala Harris Tests Positive for Covid-19

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House announced, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases restrictions in a bid to revert to pre-pandemic normalcy.

The White House said Tuesday that Harris tested positive on both rapid and a PCR tests, and said she “has exhibited no symptoms.” Harris will isolate at her residence but continue to work remotely, and would only return to the White House once she tests negative for the virus.

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Harris, who is 57 years old, was given her Moderna COVID-19 vaccination just weeks before she took office. She also received a second dose days later, on Inauguration Day 2021. In October, she received her booster shot and another booster in April. People who have been fully vaccinated or boosted are more likely to be protected against COVID-19-related death and serious illnesses, especially the most transmissible variant.

The White House said neither President Joe Biden nor first lady Jill Biden were considered a “close contact” of Harris in recent days.

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