Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has tested positive for the coronavirus, the State Department announced on Wednesday, nearly per week before he was scheduled to travel to diplomatic meetings in Europe and Morocco.
A spokesman, Ned Price, said Mr. Blinken, 60, had mild symptoms, and had not seen President Biden in several days.
Mr. Blinken, who’s fully vaccinated and boosted, will work from home and “looks forward to returning to the department and resuming his full duties and travels as soon as possible,” Mr. Price said within the statement.
Mr. Blinken joins a handful of other outstanding figures who’ve tested positive after attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30. Amongst them are Steve Herman of Voice of America and, in response to an individual aware of the matter, Jonathan Karl of ABC News.
Many individuals wondered whether it was advisable to collect a crowd of two,600 into the packed hotel ballroom of the Washington Hilton hotel.
President Biden also attended the dinner. At a White House news conference, the press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Mr. Biden had most recently tested negative for the virus on Tuesday.
Mr. Blinken was expected to travel to Marrakesh, Morocco, for a gathering on May 11 of the international campaign against the Islamic State. That was to be followed by a meeting of the Group of seven, the world’s wealthiest democracies, in Germany. It was not immediately clear Wednesday whether Mr. Blinken would give you the option to travel to either event.
He was also notifying officials with whom he got here into close contact during the last several days, Mr. Price said. Mr. Blinken met on Tuesday with Foreign Ministers Ann Linde of Sweden and Marcelo Ebrard of Mexico, for instance, and Mr. Price said the highest American diplomat was tracing his interactions during the last several days to try to trace and
Mr. Blinken tested positive on a P.C.R. test after feeling symptomatic on Wednesday afternoon despite the fact that he had a negative result on an antigen test just hours earlier, Mr. Price said.
“He has young kids in the home. As you understand, he was around quite a few people this weekend,” Mr. Price told reporters on the State Department. “So a matter of precaution, he does frequently test.”
The State Department wouldn’t comment when asked whether Mr. Blinken has received a second booster shot.
Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for the virus, but returned to work on Tuesday after testing negative on Monday and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on quarantining. She attended a gala on Tuesday night for Emily’s List, the fund-raising powerhouse that has helped elect tons of of ladies who support abortion rights.