Vice President Kamala Harris is once again making waves for something rather unextraordinary — going to the doctor for a “routine” appointment.
Usually, going to the doctor doesn’t warrant the nation’s attention. When it’s the Vice President of America going to the doctor on a Sunday, days after a meeting with fellow Democrats who turned up positive for COVID, however, is a whole other story.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told CNN that the appointment was “scheduled for several weeks, long before the visit of the Texas legislators. A routine appointment, which she had ha [SIC] again scheduled several weeks ago.”
Other news outlets like CNBC perpetuated that statement with articles released over the weekend that made a point of mention. The second sentence reads, “There isn’t any indication at this time that the appointment is related to the vice president’s meeting last week with Texas Democratic lawmakers.”
Harris’ senior advisor and chief spokesperson, Symone Sanders, said Saturday that the vice president and her staff at the meeting were not at risk of exposure to the virus.
Utilizing the timeline of the positive Covid-19 tests, it was decided that Harris and her staff “were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined,” promised Sanders. “The Vice President and her staff are fully vaccinated.”
It turns out, Harris was actually tested on Saturday for coronavirus before she arrived at Walter Reed Hospital for her “routine” appointment. The test yielded a negative result, according to Psaki on Monday.
It’s unclear who’s making the decisions for testing.
She confirmed that Harris is not a threat to the elderly President’s health, ensuring that standard precautions were taken.
“We take these precautions incredibly seriously and abide by the health, the guidance of our health and medical experts,” Psaki said, without elaborating on what those precautions might be.
“We, of course, hope everybody abides by public health guidelines. That’s what we certainly recommend, but the vice president — what’s important for everybody to know — is the vice president was tested. She, of course, takes these precautions seriously, and we would follow any advice or public health officials give us,” she said.
She confirmed no additional precautions were taken to protect the President.