While on vacation with the rest of the Biden family off the South Carolina coast, First Lady Jill Biden announced on Tuesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being “fully vaccinated” and “twice boosted” against the virus.
“After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening. She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive,” a statement from the First Lady’s office reads.
The statement noted that Biden is only dealing with slight cold symptoms, will be taking Pfizer’s new drug Paxlovid, and will be in isolation for the next five days.
“The First Lady is double vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms. She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days,” the statement continues.
BREAKING: First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, according to her office. pic.twitter.com/dxDsIx54gF
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COVID-19 experts who previously suggested vaccines would offer immunity from COVID-19 now say the vaccines are most likely to lessen the symptoms after the illness is contracted.
“Close contacts of the First Lady have been notified. She is currently staying at a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after she receives two consecutive negative COVID tests.”
🇺🇸First lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19: First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 while on vacation with President Biden and other family members in South Carolina, the White House announced Tuesday. “After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during pic.twitter.com/6MOa53rLad
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Valiant News reported on Monday that both Joe Biden and his chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, also quadruple vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time following their treatment with Paxlovid in what is described as a “rebound” case.
Like Biden and Fauci, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced yesterday that he also tested positive for the virus for the second time this year, all despite having received four injections of COVID-19 vaccines.
Austin particularly defended the effectiveness of the COVID vaccines in a statement regarding his recent infection, insisting that if he hadn’t received them, he would be facing severe symptoms.
“Now, as in January, my doctor told me that my fully vaccinated status, including two booster shots, is why my symptoms are less severe than would otherwise be the case,” Austin claimed.
“Vaccinations continue to both slow the spread of COVID-19 and make its health effects less severe. Vaccination remains a medical requirement for our workforce, and I continue to encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated and boosted,” Austin said.