US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms on Sunday (Jan 2). The defense secretary remained stable as symptoms remained mild. The news of Austin’s positive test results to the tightened restrictions at the Pentagon’s headquarters over its concern about the highly transmissible Omicron variant which is creating a massive infection increase worldwide.
“I have informed my leadership team of my positive test result, as well as the president,” Austin said. “My staff has begun contact tracing and testing of all those with whom I have come into contact over the last week.” Says Austin.
Austin also added that he is already fully vaccinated and received his booster shot last October 2021. Additionally, he is one of the most senior members of President Joe Biden’s administration to test positive for COVID-19. Alongside with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who was also tested as COVID-19 positive last October.
“As my doctor made clear to me, my fully vaccinated status – and the booster I received in early October – have rendered the infection much milder than it would otherwise have been,”
He stated that the vaccines works profoundly as he was not experiencing any worse symptoms than other people who didn’t received any vaccines or not fully vaccinated. Also, the vaccines are mandatory for the active-duty troops and is about 98% of them have received the COVID-19 vaccines.
A man whose wife fought in court for Ivermectin treatment for COVID-19 died after two doses of the controversial medicine.
U.S. authorities registered at least 346,869 new Coronavirus on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 rose by at least 377 to 828,562 as the spread of Omicron Variant started on the third quarter of 2021.
“The vaccines work and will remain a military medical requirement for our workforce. I continue to encourage everyone eligible for a booster shot to get one. This remains a readiness issue,” he retorted.