Psaki tested positive for Covid, last saw Biden on Tuesday
It is unlikely that Psaki could have infected Biden with Covid-19, several doctors told CNN on Sunday.
“Based on the timeline of Ms. Psaki’s negative tests for several days after her last meeting with President Biden (who was also on the outside and masked, so inherently very low risk),” Dr. Leana Wen, analyst CNN medical officer and former Baltimore City health commissioner said in an email.
The White House announced Thursday that Psaki would no longer join Biden on his overseas trip “for at least the first few days”, citing a family emergency. The White House deputy press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, instead traveled with the president.
“On Wednesday, in coordination with senior White House management and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel overseas with the President due to a family emergency as my family members had tested positive for COVID-19, “Psaki said in Sunday’s statement.” Since then I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. However, today I tested positive for COVID. “
She continued, “I plan to return to work in person at the end of the ten-day quarantine following a negative rapid test, which is an additional White House requirement, beyond CDC guidance. , taken as a precaution. “
Infectious disease expert Dr Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine also said he felt Biden was well protected.
“Well he’s vaccinated three times so he should be fine unless he has immunodeficiencies that we don’t know about,” Hotez told CNN via email.
This story was updated with additional details on Sunday.
CNN’s Maggie Fox contributed to this report.