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‘There Will Be Breakthrough Cases,’ Psaki Says

White House officials confirmed that a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, in a breakthrough case after vaccination. The White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that precautions were in place to protect the president.

First, let me confirm that yesterday, a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for Covid-19, off campus. In accordance with our rigorous Covid-19 protocols, the official remains off-campus as they wait for confirmatory P.C.R. test. The White House medical unit has conducted contact-tracing interviews and determined no close contacts among White House principals or staff or the president. The individual has mild symptoms. We know that there will be breakthrough cases. But as this instance shows, cases in vaccinated individuals are typically mild. The White House is prepared for breakthrough cases with regular testing. This is another reminder of the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines against severe illness or hospitalizations. And of course, we wish our colleague a speedy recovery. Our protocols are in alignment with the highest standards and the guidance of our public health experts. So let me just remind you all, because I’m sure you don’t have it handy, to what those protocols are that remain in place: regular testing of those surrounding and meeting with the president. For those who have closer proximity, they are tested more regularly than those who have less proximity. So the news today is, is that, while breakthrough cases will happen, the vaccines are effective and prevent against serious illness and death. We’ve seen that statistically across the country with 99.5 percent of cases in hospitals being for individuals who are not vaccinated.

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