Psaki resumes White House briefings after coronavirus diagnosis
Washington –White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki resumed her daily press briefings Friday, nearly two weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19, joking that one downside to returning is having to wear professional shoes.
“It’s great to be back with all of you,” said Psaki, “though I’ve been a long-time heel-hater, I miss my soles, and I’m sure some of the women in this room can agree with it.”
It was her first appearance in the White House press conference room since October 27.
Psaki had planned to accompany President Joe Biden to summits of world leaders in Rome and Glasgow, Scotland, but announced on October 28 as he was about to depart that she would skip the trip after her family members tested positive for COVID-19.
She announced three days later, on Halloween, that she had finally tested positive, too.
Psaki, 42, said the 10-day quarantine ended on Wednesday, when a negative test result showed she had returned under White House COVID-19 protocols. A briefing was not scheduled for Thursday due to the federal Veterans Day holiday.
She said her symptoms were mild, mostly fatigue, which she gives credit for the COVID-19 vaccinations.
“I remain incredibly grateful for the vaccine and the impact of the vaccine on keeping me safe and keeping other people in my house safe as well,” Psaki said.
Deputy Press Secretary Karen-Jean-Pierre traveled with Biden and gave briefings while Psaki was away.
Psaki also used her briefing-room appearance to invent the administration’s latest steps to combat the coronavirus, including licensing vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 and millions of dollars in federal aid to help companies ramp up production of coronavirus tests. People can manage it at home.
“I know I ordered some from Walmart myself, they came the next day and I used them at home,” Psaki said.
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