The White House said Tuesday that they are not characterizing the trip Texas Democrats made to Washington as a “super-spreader” event, as more officials who attended the meeting test positive for COVID-19.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki if the event was considered a “super-spreader,” saying that “more than 10%” of the traveling Texas Democrats have tested positive.
“That is not a characterization we’re making here,” Psaki said, referring to the “super-spreader” term. “Vaccines are not foolproof. We know vaccines – I think these individuals have been vaccinated. That is a good sign.”
The news of the breakthrough cases comes after six members of the Texas delegation tested positive for the virus after leaving the state capital and coming to Washington last week in an attempt to thwart a special legislative session where Republicans seek to pass new election reforms.
Doocy asked what the White House’s message was to Texas Democrats after the meeting.
“Our message continues to be, ‘thanks for standing up for voting rights,’” Psaki said.
Doocy pressed Psaki on whether President Biden supports mask mandates being reinstated in states across the nation.
“It is not what we’re instituting from the federal government,” Psaki said, adding that “nothing has changed with guidance for the American public,” noting that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or face coverings, while officials recommend that unvaccinated individuals wear masks.
“Anything we determine will be guided by medical experts,” Psaki said.
Psaki’s comments come after a White House official and a staffer for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tested positive for COVID-19.
“In accordance with our rigorous COVID-19 protocols, the official remains off campus as they wait for the a confirmatory PCR test,” a White House official said. “The White House Medical Unit has conducted contact tracing interviews and determined no close contacts among White House principals and staff. The individual has mild symptoms.”
The official added that the administration knows “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,” the official said. “This is another reminder of the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines against severe illness or hospitalization.”
The official added: “We wish our colleague a speedy recovery.”
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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