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Biden White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki has Covid, will miss Europe trip


Jen Psaki is White House Press Secretary. She holds the Daily Briefing at Washington’s White House on October 27, 2021.

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Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, tested positive for Covid-19 Tuesday. She will not be traveling with President Joe Biden to Europe on the upcoming trip, she stated.

Biden had “socially distant” meetings with Psaki Monday and Tuesday. He was positive for Covid following a PCR testing on Tuesday. The press secretary confirmed that.

Psaki had previously testeded positive for the coronavirus in late OctoberShe said that she is currently experiencing mild symptoms.

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Biden leaves for Brussels, Belgium Wednesday evening in order to attend a NATO summit and to talk about the response of NATO to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Later in the week, he will visit Poland.

Poland is now a popular destination for Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion.

Chris Meagher, Deputy Press Secretary to the White House told journalists at Tuesday’s White House daily briefing that “no members of the media who attended yesterday’s briefing are considered close contacts” with Psaki.

Meagher stated that they are conducting contact tracing and will contact any members of the media who have been considered close contacts.

“But, even if close contact has been established, it wouldn’t have occurred through yesterdays briefing.”

The complete statement of Psaki regarding her diagnosis can be found here.

In preparation for my trip to Europe today, I did a PCR test. This test returned a positive result, meaning that I will follow CDC advice and not travel on the President to Europe. Today’s positive result was confirmed by PCR. I only had mild symptoms. As per White House COVID-19 protocols I will be working from home. After a five-day quarantine period, and after a positive test, I plan to go back to work.

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