Lloyd Austin, US Secretary Of Defense, was tested positive for Covid-19. After experiencing mild symptoms, he will be kept in quarantine until further notice. From there, he will resume his duties as the Pentagon’s virtual leader.
Austin shared his positive result from the test on Sunday in writing “My symptoms are mild, and I am following my physician’s directions. In keeping with those directions, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, I will quarantine myself at home for the next five days.”
Austin stated that he will “retain all authorities”Attend “key meetings and discussions”He could be contacted remotely by Kathleen Hicks (Deputy Secretary of Defense), who would then represent him in certain matters.
Austin advised President Joe Biden about the results, noting that his last meeting in person with him was December 21st, more than one week prior to he began experiencing symptoms. Austin said that the Pentagon employees who came into contact recently with him are currently being tested.
“I have not been in the Pentagon since Thursday, where I met briefly – and only – with a few members of staff. We were properly masked and socially distanced throughout,”Austin was the one who claimed.
Although the Defense Secretary was not able to get a breakthrough infection despite being vaccinated and receiving a booster shot, he claimed that the severity of his symptoms would be much worse if he hadn’t taken the extra precautions necessary.
“As my doctor made clear to me, my fully vaccinated status – and the booster I received in early October – have rendered the infection much more mild than it would otherwise have been,”He encouraged his fellow soldiers to be vaccinated.
We will continue to require vaccines as a medical necessity for military personnel.
Austin has been engaged in a lengthy battle with opponents of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate in the US military, which requires all members to be fully vaccinated. While the vast majority of soldiers have followed the orders, many servicemembers from the Army, Navy and Air Force have been fired for not being vaccinated against Covid-19.
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