The White House said that the tests conducted for US President Joe Biden to detect infection with Covid-19 were negative. The tests came after Biden was notified that a White House employee who spent about 30 minutes near him on Air Force One, Friday, tested positive for the virus.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement that the PCR test that was conducted on Biden came back negative, as well as the antigen test he was given as part of his regular checkups.
Psaki explained that Biden, 79, “will continue with his daily schedule” because US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines do not require fully vaccinated people to go into quarantine after exposure to such situations.
Psaki said the employee “spent about 30 minutes near the president on Air Force One on the way from Orange, South Carolina, to Philadelphia” on Friday.
Saki added that the employee, who had received two doses of the vaccine and a booster dose, had tested negative before boarding Air Force One, and his symptoms did not begin to appear on him until Sunday.
Psaki did not identify the employee, who she said does not contact Biden regularly.
The Biden administration does not intend to Imposing a closure in the United States in the face of a new epidemic of the Corona virus, according to Saki.
And she made it clear in her daily press briefing that the US president, who will go to his citizens on Tuesday, will not announce “the closure of the country”, but will focus on the benefits of receiving the vaccine.
She also added that he would announce new “measures” aimed at “expanding the scope of testing to detect” Covid-19, while referring to “the dangers to the unvaccinated.”