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Jen Psaki returns to the White House briefing room after testing positive for Covid-19

“It’s great to be with you all again, although as an old hater of heels I miss my slippers, which I’m sure some women in this room can agree on,” Psaki told reporters at a White House briefing. House.

Psaki, who has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, said she planned to travel to Rome and Glasgow with President Joe Biden for his trip to Europe late last month, but was left behind because members of her household had tested positive for Covid. -19. After receiving four negative tests, she tested positive on October 31.

“I had mild symptoms, mainly fatigue, and I remain incredibly grateful for the vaccine and the impact of the vaccine in protecting me and other people in my home,” Psaki said.

Psaki said she hadn’t seen the president for five days prior to her positive test, and that when she saw Biden, they were outside wearing masks. Several doctors told CNN at the time that it was unlikely that Psaki would have infected Biden with Covid-19.

She said she stayed behind “out of an abundance of caution” and then announced the positive test result “out of an abundance of transparency.”

Shortly before Biden was set to leave for Rome for the Group of 20 summit, the White House announced that Psaki would no longer accompany Biden on his trip abroad “at least for the first few days” due to a family emergency. Karine Jean-Pierre, deputy White House press secretary, traveled with the president instead.

Biden, who has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, received his booster shot last month. Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been fully vaccinated with the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, has also received her booster shot.