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Lindsey Graham. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated.

Why it matters: Graham emphasized that the mildness of his symptoms is due to being vaccinated. If he had been unvaccinated his symptoms would be "far worse," he said.

The latest: It appears that Graham may have exposed a number of other senators to the virus this weekend after he attended a weekend get-together hosted by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on the latter's houseboat, CNN reports.

  • "Sen. Manchin is fully vaccinated and following the CDC guidelines for those exposed to a COVID-positive individual," a Manchin spokeswoman told CNN.
  • Sens. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Jacky Rosen (D-N.V.) were also at the bipartisan gathering and are now following CDC guidelines for persons exposed to a COVID-positive individual, reports Business Insider.
  • Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.V.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all of whom are fully vaccinated, also attended the boat gathering. Thune has already received his test results and tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Senate Democrats have gone back to holding virtual meetings in light of the news of Graham's positive test.

The big picture: Graham received the coronavirus vaccine in December 2020 and has advocated for his constituents to get inoculated.

  • Graham said he began experiencing flu-like symptoms on Saturday and visited his doctor Monday morning.
  • He described his symptoms as mild and confirmed that he will quarantine for 10 days.
  • "I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now," he wrote. "My symptoms would be far worse."

Of note: Despite the attention given to them, "breakthrough" COVID-19 cases remain exceedingly rare.

  • Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19 and those who do tend to experience a less severe bout of the virus than the unvaccinated.

Go deeper

Nov 8, 2021 - World

Singapore halts free COVID treatment for people "unvaccinated by choice"

A medical staff member attends to a woman at the Mount Elizabeth hospital vaccine centre in Singapore. Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images

The Singaporean government will no longer cover medical bills for people who are "unvaccinated by choice" after Dec. 8, the country's Ministry of Health announced Monday.

Why it matters: "We have to send this important signal to urge everyone to get vaccinated if you are eligible," Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a news conference. 82.47% of Singapore's population is fully vaccinated, per Johns Hopkins University.

United can impose vaccine mandate, federal judge rules

Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

United Airlines can uphold its COVID-19 vaccine mandate that places on unpaid leave employees who have been granted a medical or religious exemption, a federal judge ruled Monday, per Reuters.

Details: U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman noted in his ruling in Fort Worth, Texas, that it was a human resources matter and that no airline staff member was required to get the vaccine, according to Reuters.

Updated Nov 8, 2021 - World

In photos: U.S. reopens borders to vaccinated travelers

Yerin Hong gets a hug from her boyfriend, Soomin Kim, after she arrived on a flight from Germany at O'Hare International Airport on Nov. 8. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The U.S. reopened its land and air borders Monday for nonessential travel to visitors from over 30 countries who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Why it matters: Government officials and business leaders had decried the economic impact of the travel ban on border communities in Canada and Mexico, which had been in place since March 2020. The restrictions also separated families across the world.