Austin, the Defense Secretary, has tested positive for COVID-19

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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.

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“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.