Lloyd Austin, the US Defense Secretary, has contracted COVID-19 and will be isolated for at least five days at his home. On December 21, he met with Vice President Joe Biden.
Lloyd Austin, the US Defense Secretary, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be isolated for at least five days at his home. Austin said, according to a statement released by the US Department of Defense on Sunday (local time), “This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. After experiencing symptoms while on leave at home, I requested the test today.” He stated that he is suffering from mild COVID symptoms and is following his doctor’s instructions.
In regards to his crucial meetings, he stated that he intends to participate digitally in “to the extent possible” in all crucial meetings and conversations in the coming week. Stopping the virus from spreading, protecting the staff, and ensuring his own quick and safe recovery are his top priorities, he says. In addition to attending meetings, Deputy Secretary Hicks will represent Austin as needed in other situations, according to the statement.
On December 21, Austin met with Vice President Joe Biden.
Austin met with US Vice President Joe Biden on December 21 and paid his most recent visit to the Pentagon on Thursday. He also stated that he would not be returning to the Pentagon after Thursday, and that when he spoke with a few of his staff members, they were properly masked and maintaining social distance. “My last meeting with President Biden occurred on Tuesday, December 21st, more than a week before I began to experience symptoms,” according to the statement. “That very morning, I tested negative,” Austin explained.
Additionally, Austin’s positive test result was forwarded to his leadership team as well as the President. All of the people with whom he had contact the previous week have been tracked and tested by the team.
The Defence Secretary also stated that he is fully vaccinated, stating that a booster shot was given to him in early October. According to his doctor, the vaccines have made the infection far less harmful than it would have been otherwise. “And for that, I am grateful,” he added. He has urged everyone who is eligible to get a booster shot because it is a matter of preparedness, according to him.