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CIA Director William Burns test positive for Covid after Biden meeting


During a House Intelligence Committee hearing about diversity in intelligence, Bill Burns, Director of CIA, testifies alongside Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Capitol Hill, Washington, October 27, 2021.

Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters

WASHINGTON – CIA Director William Burns tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, the intelligence agency said.

Burns is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and last saw President Joe Biden Wednesday morning at a “socially distant meeting” and was wearing an N95 mask.

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In a statement, the intelligence agency stated that “Their interaction does not qualify as close contact” under CDC guidance.

Burns will still be the CIA director, but he will now work remotely. Following a negative result and having been isolated for five days, Burns will return to work. According to the agency, Burns had only mild symptoms.

Burns’ positive result follows the detection of two additional viruses in Biden.

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House deputy Press Secretary, confirmed that she was positive for Covid-19. It was several days later that Jen Psaki (White House press secretary) had tested positive for the virus. She could not travel with Biden in Belgium or Poland without her positive results.

Psaki stated at that time that Biden wasn’t considered close to him after two meetings socially distant.

This month’s second gentleman was a little earlier. Doug Emhoff tested positive for Covid-19. After the positive result of her test, the White House stated that Kamala Kamala would not attend a scheduled event because of “an abundance of caution”.

Biden, 79, received his fourth doseOn Wednesday, the coronavirus vaccine will be available.