More Vaccinated, Boosted U.S. Government Leaders Test Positive for Coronavirus

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Originally published on by Marco Cáceres

Since The Vaccine Reaction began publishing articles last year (Vaccinated Americans Count Their Blessings Despite Getting COVID and The Vaxxed and Boosted Get COVID But Praise Vaccines for "Mild" Symptoms) tracking members of the U.S. Congress who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, despite being fully vaccinated and boosted, dozens of additional U.S. Senators and Representatives have tested positive for the virus, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and, most recently, Rep. Maxine Waters of California (twice) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey (twice).1 2 3 4 5

The same is true for many state legislators, governors and mayors throughout the country. These so-called "breakthrough cases" among U.S. political leaders have now become common, regardless of how many times they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Of the 24 members of the President Biden's Cabinet, half of them have tested positive for the virus. They include Vice President Kamala Harris and, most recently, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh; Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland; Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra (twice).6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Other key members of the Biden administration, who were fully vaccinated and boosted but still managed to become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, include chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley; White House press secretary Jen Psaki; director of the CIA William Burns; Army Chief of Staff James McConville; White House communications director Kate Bedingfield; White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice, and national security adviser Jake Sullivan.18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Tony Fauci Tests Positive for SARS-CoV-2 and Comes Down With COVID

Perhaps the most high-profile individual within the Biden administration to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 is Anthony Fauci, MD, who is President Biden's chief medical adviser and has been the primary media spokesperson for the federal government throughout the COVID pandemic. Dr. Fauci, who has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, received two doses of Moderna/NIAID's mRNA-1273 (also known as "Spikevax") messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID shot plus two booster shots but still managed to come down with COVID. He is reportedly experiencing mild symptoms.25

The number of breakthrough cases in the U.S. has been steadily growing since last summer. As a recent ABC News Radio report noted:

[O]nce-scarce breakthrough infections-which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define as when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with COVID-19-have become a regular occurrence associated with the pandemic. As a result, the notion early on that vaccination could be relied upon to prevent all coronavirus infection has been somewhat eroded.26

The phrase "somewhat eroded" seems like an understatement, given the daily reports of high-profile government leaders who are fully vaccinated and boosted but still end up testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. Add to that the countless big-name professional athletes, movie stars, media personalities and other celebrities, who have joined the growing list of breakthrough cases and you begin to appreciate the extent of the coronavirus breakthrough epidemic.

According to ABC News Radio:

An ABC News analysis of data collected by the CDC found that the share of breakthrough COVID-19 cases has reached its highest point since the vaccines were introduced, with more cases occurring among the vaccinated in March and April 2022, than among the unvaccinated, partially because of the significant number of people who are now vaccinated.26

Vaccinated and Boosted People are Getting Infected With SARS-CoV-2 and Dying of COVID

Last year, Dr. Fauci acknowledged what has now become obvious… that getting vaccinated for COVID "may not prevent you from getting infected." He is now living proof of the accuracy of that statement. But Dr. Fauci went on to say that, although vaccinated people may still get infected with coronavirus, it is "very likely" that they will "either be without symptoms or minimally symptomatic."27

"The major purpose of the vaccine is to prevent you from getting sick, from getting clinically ill and, hopefully, to prevent you from getting hospitalized and dying," Dr. Fauci said. Of course, "hopefully" is the key word here.27

The reality is that people who have been fully vaccinated and boosted have, increasingly, been dying from SARS-CoV-2 infections in the U.S. In April 2021, eight percent of the COVID deaths were among fully vaccinated individuals. By March 2022, that figure had risen to 41 percent. In September 2021, less than one percent of COVID deaths occurred among fully vaccinated and boosted individuals. By April 2022, that figure had risen to 31 percent.26

There has been a lot of hope riding on the COVID shots. The more time passes and the more breakthrough cases among recognized people are reported, the more that hope appears to be wishful thinking.


1 Cáceres M. Vaccinated Americans Count Their Blessings Despite Getting COVIDThe Vaccine Reaction Sept. 19, 2021.

2 Cáceres M. The Vaxxed and Boosted Get COVID But Praise Vaccines for "Mild" SymptomsThe Vaccine Reaction Dec. 27, 2021.

3 Sprunt B. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for COVIDNPR Apr. 7, 2022.

4 Betz B. Rep. Maxine Waters tests positive for COVID for second time this year after attending Summit of the AmericasFox News June 14, 2022.

5 Salant JD. The N.J. congresswoman tests positive for COVID a second June 16, 2022.

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7 Ward M. Kamala Harris tests positive for CovidPolitico Apr. 26, 2022.

8 Albeck-Ripka L. Two more U.S. cabinet secretaries have tested positive for the coronavirus. The New York Times June 1, 2022.

9 Diaz J. Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. transportation secretary, tests positive for the coronavirusThe New York Times June 6, 2022.

10 Weixel N. Health Secretary Becerra tests positive for COVID-19 twice in less than a monthThe Hill June 13, 2022.

11 Folmar C. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack tests positive for COVID-19The Hill Apr. 9, 2022.

12 Lamothe D. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tests positive for coronavirusThe Washington Post Jan. 2, 2022.

13 LeBlanc P, Wright J, Fossum S. Two Biden Cabinet members among dozens of positive Covid-19 cases after elite Gridiron dinnerCNN Apr. 7, 2022.

14 Press Release. Secretary Blinken Tests Positive for COVID-19. U.S. Department of State May 4, 2022.

15 Rafford C. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for CovidPolitico Oct. 19, 2021.

16 Shaw A. DHS Secretary Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19, days after event with BidenFox News Oct. 19, 2021.

17 Twitter. Small Business Administration. May 10, 2022.

18 Goldstein A. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley tests positive for coronavirusThe Washington Post Jan. 17, 2022.

19 Pengelly M. White House press secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for CovidThe Guardian Mar. 22, 2022.

20 Shabad R. CIA Director William Burns tests positive for CovidNBC News Mar. 31, 2022.

21 Reuters. U.S. Army chief tests positive for COVID-19- spokesperson. Apr. 18, 2022.

22 Samuels B. White House communications director tests positive for COVID-19The Hill Apr. 29, 2022.

23 Klein B, Kate Sullivan K. White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice tests positive for Covid-19CNN May 9, 2022.

24 Associated Press. Biden adviser Jake Sullivan tests positive for COVID-19The Hill June 18, 2022.

25 Bendix A. Dr. Anthony Fauci tests positive for CovidNBC News June 15, 2022.

26 ABC News Radio. Breakthrough COVID-19 cases, deaths on the rise amid push for boosters: ABC News analysisWBAL News Radio June 9, 2022.

27 CBS News. Dr. Anthony Fauci on the threat from Omicron: "If you want to be fully protected, get boosted". Dec. 30, 2021.

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