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Vice President Kamala Harris tests positive for Covid-19

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Vice President Kamala Harris leaves her plane in August 2021. Evelyn Hockstein/AFP via Getty Images
Vice President Kamala Harris leaves her plane in August 2021. Evelyn Hockstein/AFP via Getty Images
  • Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for Covid-19, her office announced on Wednesday.
  • Harris is fully vaccinated and has had a booster shot.
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US Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for Covid-19, her office announced on Wednesday.

Harris is fully vaccinated with two doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine and received a booster shot in October 2021, making her case a so-called breakthrough infection. She is now the most powerful US official to test positive for the virus since the pandemic began, though given her age and vaccination status she is very unlikely to contract a serious case.

Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff tested positive for the virus in mid-March, but Harris did not catch the virus at that time and tested negative throughout.

Covid-19 cases nationwide and in the Washington, DC area have sharply fallen since the mid-January peak of the highly contagious Omicron variant. But Omicron is continuing to circulate in the country, with the Omicron BA.2 subvariant now the dominant strain of Covid-19 in the United States. 

Former US President Barack Obama, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki have also tested positive for the virus in recent weeks.

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