Sep 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Harris appears virtually on "The View" after hosts test positive for COVID

Image of Kamala Harris being interviewed virtually on The View.
Vice President Kamala Harris being interviewed virtually by "The View" co-host Joy Behar. Photo: ABC News "The View"

Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday appeared remotely on ABC's "The View" after two of the show's hosts tested positive for COVID-19 — in the middle of the show, mere minutes before Harris was set to appear.

Why it matters: Friday's interview was slated to be the Vice President's first in-studio interview since taking office.

Driving the news: "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro tested positive for breakthrough COVID-19 on Friday, they announced on air.

  • Navarro later confirmed on CNN that she tested negative twice after the initial positive that caused the chaos.
    • She added that she was still awaiting a final test to confirm whether or not she is COVID-19 positive.
  • "Sunny and Ana are strong women, and I know they're fine, but it really also does speak to the fact that they're vaccinated and vaccines really make all the difference, because otherwise we would be concerned about hospitalization," Harris said Friday.
  • "The View" co-host Joy Behar said that the Vice President worked with Secret Service to make Harris "feel safe," prompting a delay in the interview time.

This story has been updated with more details throughout.

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