A White House staffer and an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — both of them fully vaccinated — have tested positive for COVID-19 after meeting last week with a delegation of Texas Democrats who fled their state to stall voting legislation.
The state legislators traveled to DC unmasked aboard a chartered jet to stall a Republican state election reform bill.
The new infections follow reports that six members of the Texas delegation tested positive after meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris and others in DC.
The apparent transmission chain brings COVID-19 closer to President Biden, 78, and Pelosi, 81, whose advanced ages make them more at risk for serious illness.
Both Biden and Pelosi (D-Calif.) are vaccinated, lowering their risk of contracting the virus or having to be hospitalized if they do.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her daily press briefing Tuesday that the White House aide had “mild symptoms.” She said “there have been” additional “breakthrough” infections of vaccinated staffers