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White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, making her the latest member of President Biden’s inner circle to contract the virus.
“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Feeling great and grateful to have been vaccinated and given a double booster,” Rice tweeted Monday afternoon. “I last saw the President in person on Wednesday – in a mask – and under CDC guidance, he is not considered a close contact.”
Several other people close to the president – including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – have tested positive in recent weeks.
VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl tested positive for COVID-19 just days after shaking hands with the president onstage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30. Several other dinner attendees have also caught COVID-19 over the past week.
Biden is regularly tested for COVID-19 and those expected to interact with him should also be tested, the White House said.
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The president received his second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine in March, a day after health authorities approved a fourth vaccine for Americans over 50.
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