GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham tests positive for COVID-19; he’s fully vaccinated

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(CNN) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced Monday that helium has tested affirmative for COVID-19 contempt being vaccinated and has experienced “flu-like symptoms,” but said that helium present has lone “mild symptoms” and is precise gladsome helium had been vaccinated due to the fact that “without vaccination I americium definite I would not consciousness arsenic good arsenic I bash now.”

“I was conscionable informed by the House doc I person tested affirmative for #COVID19 adjacent aft being vaccinated. I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday nighttime and went to the doc this morning,” he tweeted.

Graham wrote successful a follow-up tweet, “I consciousness similar I person a sinus corruption and astatine contiguous clip I person mild symptoms. I volition beryllium quarantining for 10 days. I americium precise gladsome I was vaccinated due to the fact that without vaccination I americium definite I would not consciousness arsenic good arsenic I bash now. My symptoms would beryllium acold worse.”

Graham, earlier helium got his results, was successful the Senate connected Monday morning, according to radical who talked to him. He was wearing a disguise astatine the time.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin entertained a tiny radical of senators connected his houseboat implicit the weekend, and Graham was successful attendance, according to a root with cognition of the situation.

Manchin’s bureau declined to remark connected the attendance connected his boat.

“Sen. Manchin is afloat vaccinated and pursuing the CDC guidelines for those exposed to a COVID-positive individual,” Manchin spokeswoman Sam Runyon told CNN successful a statement.

The quality of Graham’s COVID diagnosis comes astatine a precarious legislative clip successful the Senate arsenic lawmakers contention to try to walk a bipartisan infrastructure bill with a constrictive borderline of mistake and conscionable days earlier the chamber’s August recess is slated to commencement — though Senate enactment tin cancel oregon hold erstwhile recess begins.

Breakthrough infections stay uncommon and much than 99.99% of radical afloat vaccinated against COVID-19 person not had a breakthrough lawsuit resulting successful hospitalization oregon death, according to information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The announcement from Graham comes amid the dispersed of the delta variant of COVID-19, which has prompted the proposal of caller information guidelines.

The CDC precocious changed its masking recommendations arsenic it grows much acrophobic implicit the delta variant, urging vaccinated radical successful definite areas of the state to resume wearing masks indoors successful nationalist areas.

The U.S. House reinstated its disguise mandate past week. The attending doc for Congress has besides advised Senate leaders that it is recommended to deterioration masks successful indoor spaces erstwhile different individuals are present, according to a missive obtained by CNN. Almost each Democratic senators person been seen by CNN wearing masks again.

Asked past week if helium plans to deterioration a disguise amid caller CDC guidance, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not respond arsenic helium walked to the floor.

The White House wished Graham a “speedy recovery” aft the quality of his diagnosis.

“We surely bash anticipation that Sen. Graham has a speedy betterment and his, his experiences mild symptoms and you cognize we privation him the champion of wellness done that,” White House property caput Jen Psaki said astatine a briefing connected Monday.

Psaki besides stressed that “every azygous portion of disposable grounds shows that breakthrough infections are uncommon and mild,” citing a “range of data.”

I was conscionable informed by the House doc I person tested affirmative for #COVID19 adjacent aft being vaccinated.

I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday nighttime and went to the doc this morning.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 2, 2021

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