Triple-vaccinated member of Biden’s Cabinet tests positive for COVID-19

Americans have seen a growing number of cases in which individuals test positive for COVID-19 despite having been fully vaccinated.

Known as “breakthrough cases,” a member of the Biden administration just became the latest high-profile example of yet another triple-vaccinated official testing positive for the virus. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin released a statement over the New Year’s weekend announcing that he had tested positive for the virus.

Retaining full authority

In his statement, the defense secretary explained that he “requested the test today after exhibiting symptoms while at home on leave.” Austin went on to say that his condition was “mild,” and added that he would be adhering to instructions provided by his physician.

“In keeping with those directions, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, I will quarantine myself at home for the next five days,” the senior official said.

“To the degree possible, I plan to attend virtually this coming week those key meetings and discussions required to inform my situational awareness and decision making,” Austin continued.

The military leader stressed that he would retain full authority during his recovery period, and said he planned to have Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks represent him in person.

Vaccine promotion

Austin drew attention to his vaccination status and claimed the fact that he both vaccinated and boosted “rendered the infection much milder than it would otherwise have been,” though there’s literally no possible way of proving that — a fact often overlooked by most of the media.

“The vaccines work and will remain a military medical requirement for our workforce. I continue to encourage everyone eligible for a booster shot to get one,” Austin concluded.

Omicron not as bad

However, there is now a growing body of evidence that the omicron variant is far less dangerous than prior strains of COVID-19, like the delta variant, have proven to be.

The Washington Examiner reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky acknowledged as much during a press conference last week.

“Early indications that we’ve seen from other countries like South Africa and the United Kingdom of milder disease from Omicron, especially among the vaccinated and the boosted,” Walensky said at the time.

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