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Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative for COVID-19 after meeting several Texas House Democratic lawmakers who recently caught the virus, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Monday.
“I think the vice president’s office announced that it has been tested and no COVID-19 has been detected,” said Psaki. “They also share some specific details about how close they are to those who test positive. We take these precautions incredibly seriously and we follow directions from our help and medical experts.”
Five of the Texas House Democrats who traveled to Washington DC tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few days. Harris met with Texas lawmakers last Tuesday.
When asked if the White House was disappointed that lawmakers did not wear masks on their flight to the country’s capital, Psaki declined to reply directly.
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“I don’t think I’ll be able to judge here what security precautions they have or have not said.
“It’s important for everyone to know that the vice president has been tested,” she added. “She takes these precautions seriously, of course, and we would heed any advice from our health authorities.”
Psaki said after their meeting with lawmakers “no additional precautions” had been taken to separate Harris from President Biden.
Harris went to Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday to schedule a routine doctor’s appointment. Officials said Harris is not in close contact with the infected lawmakers and does not need to be quarantined.
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Psaki told reporters that Harris’s appointment was scheduled ahead of the meeting.
“It was a visit that was scheduled for several weeks, well before the Texas legislature visit, a routine appointment she rescheduled a few weeks ago,” said Psaki.