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Former U.S. congressman Allen West. Photo: Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images

Allen West, a Republican candidate for Texas governor, announced Saturday that he's "probably going to be admitted to the hospital" after being diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia.

The big picture: He and his wife, Angela West, both tested positive for the virus, according to statements posted to the former Texas GOP chair's Twitter account. He wasn't vaccinated against the coronavirus, but Angela West was.

What he's saying: He tweeted that he and Angela West, who tested positive Friday, had received monoclonal antibody injections, which are used to treat patients in the early stages of a COVID-19 infection.

  • Allen West described his condition as "not serious," but noted: "There’s a concern about my oxygen saturation levels, which are at 89 and they should be at 95."
  • He announced hours earlier he was canceling in-person events until receiving the "all clear."

Of note: Posts to his Twitter account earlier in the day said Allen West had "a low-grade fever and light body aches" and that he was "taking Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin" — two treatments not shown to be effective against COVID-19.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the Wests' diagnoses and further context.

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FDA authorizes mix-and-match for COVID booster shots

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The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Wednesday gave its approval for Americans to get booster shots that are different from the COVID vaccine they initially received.

Why it matters: The recommendation from the FDA, which also authorized booster shots for people who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Wednesday, paves the way for an expansion of booster shots.

GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) on Wednesday stepped down from his committee assignments after being indicted for lying to federal investigators amid a probe into illegal campaign donations.

What they're saying: In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Fortenberry said he is "grateful for the outpouring of support from my friends and colleagues as we work against the injustice confronting me."

Rahm Emanuel questioned on murder of Laquan McDonald in confirmation hearing

Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.