The White House official has not been in contact with other principals or staff, the Biden administration confirmed. “This is another reminder of the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines against severe illness or hospitalization,” the official added. The Pelosi staff member tested positive after meeting with members of the Texas state legislature last week, but has had no contact with Pelosi since the exposure.
The infected White House official had mild symptoms, according to NBC News. Both are fully vaccinated and had attended the same event last week, according to Axios. The two, who weren’t named, tested positive on Monday.
“We know that there will be breakthrough cases, but as this instance shows, cases in vaccinated individuals are typically mild,” a White House official told NBC News. A White House official and a staff member for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have tested positive for Covid, officials said.
The infections come after more than 50 Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives fled the state to Washington, D.C., last week, in a bid to deny a Republican-backed voting reform bill. On Monday, a sixth Texas Democrat tested positive for Covid-19, according to NBC News. Pelosi, 81, and President Joe Biden, 78, are fully vaccinated.
When asked if it was time to bring masks back to the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi said “it will be up to the Capitol physician,” the spokesperson added. Pelosi said she is “so sorry” about the staff member testing positive, and added that it reinforces the need for individuals to wear masks and get vaccinated, according to her spokesperson.
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