Jul 20, 2021 - Health

Psaki confirms multiple breakthrough COVID cases in White House

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Press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday confirmed that there have been multiple breakthrough coronavirus cases among White House staffers.

Driving the news: Her comments come after Axios first reported that a White House official and a staff member for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the same reception last week

What she's saying: Psaki said that the White House has committed to sharing when a commissioned officer — "the highest level ranking people in the White House," she explained — tests positive for the virus. She did not clarify if that meant that the White House would not announce when a non-commissioned official gets infected.

  • Psaki did not say how many breakthrough cases there have been in the White House, but added that she would check.
  • She noted that White House staff are all vaccinated and get tested regularly, adding that she gets tested twice a week. President Biden gets tested about every two weeks, Psaki said.
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