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Psaki tests positive for Covid, last saw Biden Tuesday

<i>Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images</i><br/>White House press secretary Jen Psaki
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki

By Kaitlan Collins, CNN

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who dropped off President Joe Biden’s international trip shortly before he departed, has tested positive for coronavirus after members of her household did, she said in a statement Sunday.

Psaki said she last saw Biden Tuesday outside while masked, before the President departed for Rome for the Group of 20 Summit, and that she had tested negative several times in between. Psaki said she was disclosing the positive test result “out of an abundance of transparency,” adding that she has experienced mild symptoms and is working remotely.

It’s unlikely Psaki could have infected Biden with Covid-19, several physicians told CNN Sunday.

“Based on the timeline of Ms. Psaki’s testing negative for multiple days following her last encounter with President Biden (which was also outside and masked, therefore very low risk in and of itself),” Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst and former Baltimore City health commissioner, said in an email.

The White House announced Thursday that Psaki would no longer join Biden on his trip abroad “for at least the first few days,” citing a family emergency. White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre instead traveled with the President.

“On Wednesday, in coordination with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel on the foreign trip with the President due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19,” Psaki said in the Sunday statement. “Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. However, today, I tested positive for COVID.”

She continued: “I will plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of the ten day quarantine following a negative rapid test, which is an additional White House requirement, beyond CDC guidance, taken out of an abundance of caution.”

Biden received his Covid-19 vaccine booster shot last month and next heads to Monday’s United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Vice President Kamala Harris got her booster on Saturday.

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Peter Hotez of the Baylor College of Medicine also said he felt Biden was well protected.

“Well, he’s three times vaccinated, so he should be good unless he has immunodeficiencies we don’t know about,” Hotez told CNN by email.

This story has been updated with additional details Sunday.

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CNN’s Maggie Fox contributed to this report.

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    1. It says so in the story above… Cmon people- read the articles before commenting. Psaki is just another in a long list of vaccine failures that they term “breakthrough”… these are not immunization shots- so repeat exposures are to be expected.

      1. The vaccine remains effective in greatly reducing the risk of serious illness, authorities say. Same with Jon Bon Jovi – he has it, got vaccinated, is feeling well.
        Conflating cases and serious illnesses is misleading.

        1. It’s time to quit calling it a vaccine. It’s a therapy. The definition of a vaccine is ” A biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.” While it may have benefits for people with underlying health conditions, it’s not a one size fits all solution. My physician told me that Monoclonal Antibody Therapy is very effective at preventing people from serious illnesses who are not willing or able to get the jab. In my opinion, people need to question everything when it comes to their bodies and treatments.

            1. Maybe it’s time that you at z21 changed the narrative then. Look up the definition of vaccine anywhere before the CDC decided to make it a different terminology prior to COVID.

                1. Didn’t the whole world go along with the Trump hating media ? I didn’t hear or see any of our allies step up and comment on the daily bullying sessions- the Russia hoax- the never ending impeachments and negative coverage… why would they go against ‘Merika now ?

          1. BGHW just called it a vaccine, so you should probably take it up with him. 🙂

            And unless you’re going to share results that show the vaccine has 0% efficacy, it’s more than just therapy.

            1. I do not necessarily think BGHW is right about a lot but he is challenging people to think. It could be that you should do some research about what a vaccine really is. Then get back to me.

  1. Was probably infected by “super-spreader” Joe- who was just busted again violating his own advice- demands- and mandates… the internet is stomping mad… “Bidens caught violating DC mask mandate at posh Georgetown restaurant on Saturday”. Joe coughs into hand- then meets and greets with handshakes and back slaps for one and all ! Is this Joe’s idea of a Halloween prank- to spread a lethal virus that is killing Americans nationwide ???

      1. Seems that when the shoe is on the other foot the left just goes into a tizzy. You all wanted it your way- hyperbole and gas- now ride it out- winter is just around the corner- we can discuss a real virus then.

          1. I don’t clamor for credibility- I quote the NIH- the CDC- the OHA- John Hopkins- you don’t like their data- their stats… stick with Sanjay Gupta and Don Lemon- they got you this far !

              1. Failure to accept the data is how and why America leads the planet in “most cases and most deaths”. Argue stats all you want- “that” fact don’t lie- your experts do- just wait for the next round of surges- then keep grasping for your conflicting studies- what I would term sheer denial !

    1. That was two weekends ago sniffles is over in Rome and then Glasgow tomorrow. He was 20 minutes late for a meeting today and his excuse was busy playing with the elevators. That doesn’t have to be a prank to spread this around, the immigrants they let loose weren’t tested so they’re spreading it around for him at their command.

      1. -ha! – again with the immigrants, as if there aren’t enough, self-absorbed, clueless American citizens to spread that virus all around – don’t you ever get embarrassed regurgitating Tucker-foolishness?

  2. Ho Humm. Just another famous fully vaxxed person who gets Covid telling us we should get vaxxed. Booster number four to be released soon. Enjoy the boosters. What could possibly go wrong???

      1. Stop spreading lies Barney! If your going to tell people this garbage about how the jab reduces hospitalization then start adding links to prove it. #makektvzfair/balance

          1. It was confirmed by the CDC today- that states are not required to maintain or provide them information or data on “breakthrough cases”- that includes deaths… so your comment about “reducing the risk of death”- is not accurate. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; (date when delta variant became dominant)

            1. And yet, every day ours and no doubt many other hospitals back up the Oregon Health Authority’s stats on most hospitalizations being of unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) people.
              Your data-twisting days here may end one day, perhaps soon, if deemed necessary and wasting more of my and others’ valuable time.
              Find me one state or federal (or heck, international) health authority that backs your claim that the vaccine is NOT “reducing the risk of death.” Or you are being… “not accurate.”

              1. Go ahead and look at this chart- and tell me why the number of deaths in October- in Oregon- after 7 months of vaccines- hit a record 3 day moving average of 46 on October 14th 2021 ! Where is this “reduction” you speak of ? Not to mention- the data remains “tainted” as the OHA has yet to add that 550 deaths they missed between May and August of 2021… “August” ! 6 months after a record number of vaccines were administered in Oregon. Your claim that “I” am inaccurate is laughable !

                1. They are adding them all the time. They are not breaking them out. But you don’t believe that. And in this matter, it doesn’t matter one whit what you “believe.” It’s the facts, and what they said they were going to do.
                  You combine apples, oranges and chromium and string together fanciful “proof” that is nothing of the sort.

                2. I’ve provided a link to “my” facts- a record 3 day moving average for deaths on October 14th 2021… now where is your link proving without a doubt that the OHA is “adding them all the time”- cause I haven’t seen it yet- in any report here at Z21. Nothing fancy- just facts.

        1. I’m not sure Barney is spreading lies as much as 1/2 truths. The unmentioned parts of his posts exclude the hazards of these vaccines and the fact that the CDC (6 hours ago) repeated what I’ve been saying for months now… “every age group had similar rates of breakthrough cases, death rates varied more drastically by age… vaccinated people 80 and older had higher death rates than un-vaccinated people under 50.” !!! “Theresa Sokol, the state epidemiologist in Louisiana, one of the jurisdictions that contributed to the CDC data.”

          1. I don’t have time or inclination to keep responding to your un-linked stories which probably provide greater context. If you continue to drag me into these dangerous discussions, banning may be necessary.
            Then you can scream to my bosses, who back my decisions fully. You waste my and others time, hours of it, on … your stuff.

            1. You don’t have time ??? Cmon Man- you spend all your time flooding this site with your opinions- blocking mine- then chastising one and all for their failure to buy whatever it is yer sellin’- so you threaten “cancel culture” with the backing of your boss- how does that mesh with a journalists concepts of freedom of speech- the press- the US Constitution… sounds like a contradiction in philosophy to me.

              1. People like you abuse freedom of speech, and disrespect everyone’s time. Throwing out ‘cancel culture’ buzzwords is another waste of time. I have recently thanked those who present any viewpoint civilly and constructively. You apparently don’t know how.

                1. Sound familiar… “Chinese authorities maintain a firm grip on Internet censorship in the country”. Odd that this site didn’t have a freedom of speech problem when bashing Trump for four years.

            2. More likely that you don’t want to deal with the truth. If you really didn’t have time, you wouldn’t be posting your ideology on here at every chance you get.

      2. Exercise, healthy eating, and modest weight reduction can prevent diabetes and the stats proves it. Yet many people don’t do it. So, what’s your point?

          1. It has everything to do with… here- let the CDC explain it to you… “Breakthrough deaths among seniors may be because of immunosenescence, or the weakening of the immune system in older people, said Heather Scobie, a public health researcher at the CDC who helps lead the team that produced the new data. “They don’t usually form as robust a response to vaccination,” added Scobie. Comorbidities and age are your two largest risk factors- that is now a proven fact ! Whether you are vaxxed or not is secondary ! So let’s stop hating on the unvaccinated… especially the young and healthy.

    1. – again… even though you have demonstrated over and over that the concept is alien to you, most humans actually care about other humans and their well being – most humans get no pleasure in the suffering of others

      1. You say “most humans get no pleasure in the suffering of others” which is very true. Though, I have to ask “What have you done to help those diabetics who are grossly over weight with very poor eating habits?” Anything? Or is it just another deadly disease people have that you don’t care about.

      2. Yet you have an administration in DC that has ramped up the national and global misery index three-fold. Surging fuel prices- hyper-inflation- empty food pantries- a virus that peaks and valleys every two months- forced terminations… yeh- some actually care- do you ?

  3. Obviously she didn’t wear enough masks. Maybe if she wore at least 2 of them at all times like Saint Fauci, she wouldn’t have caught the WuFlu.

  4. She’s aweful. Imagine the lives that could have been saved if her 2 bosses didn’t repeatedly tell people to stay away from the vaccine before they were elected.

        1. We’ll see what he says if there’s any truth regarding experiments conducted on Beagles that Fauci through the NIH was funding. This guy has a habit for doling out taxpayer funded research and when things go wrong he plays that plausible deniability thing.

      1. Trump never asked anyone to trust his word alone. And as the link proves there were out sewing doubt and discouraging everything about the vaccine because “Trump” was pushing it.

    1. Bendite ~ I’d take her any day over Sarah Huckabee or any of the other smarmy women that stood up and lied for Donald Trump.

      If Trump had of been open/honest when this all unfolded things might have been different. But now he’s just perpetuating his Big Lie on multiple levels.

      Bottom line ~ the vaccine was designed to mitigate death and other long-term side effects. It’s not a cure ~ it’s prevention.

      1. And what about the democrats, like Joe Biden, who called Trump’s response “racist and xenophobic” and encouraged people to go out and celebrate because Wuhan Flu was harmless? And all of Fauci’s lies? And all the WHO’s lies? All the Chinese lies? All the bad orangeman’s fault for sure. If he had just ignored the lying experts the entire world would have been safe. Do I have that right?

    2. Roughly 5 million Democrats aren’t vaccinated. About 0.3% of adults in the US have died of COVID (746,000 deaths over 200 million adults). So we could guess 10,000-20,000 of those unvaxxed Democrats will die of COVID.

      Roughly 15 million Republicans aren’t vaccinated, which produces a guess of 45,000 deaths.

    1. The democrats will keep his mummified corpse animated no matter what. Kamala is their single vote to move their marxist pogrom forward, If the democrats lose Kamala from the Senate it is unlikely the republicans will appoint a democrat VP for her.

  5. The protected need to be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the protection that didn’t protect the protected. Sounds legit.

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