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U.S. defense secretary tests negative week after contracting COVID-19

Coronavirus Jan 09, 2022 07:45PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tested negative on Sunday for COVID-19 a week after contracting the illness and plans to return to the Pentagon for work on Monday, the Pentagon said.

"Secretary Austin is grateful for (the) efficacy of the vaccines he was administered. He knows that they rendered much less severe the effects of the virus," said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby (NYSE:KEX). 

"We know of no other senior Pentagon leaders who have contracted the virus at this time."

As the highly contagious Omicron variant fuels a surge in infections, the U.S. military announced last week it would increase restrictions at the Pentagon, including requiring most employees to work remotely and limiting official visitors.

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Keng He
Keng He Jan 10, 2022 3:59AM ET
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this vaccine could not prevent infection
pcg upstate
pcg upstate Jan 09, 2022 10:14PM ET
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we can all now rest in peace knowing he's going to get through this
Sol Wein
Sol Wein Jan 09, 2022 9:46PM ET
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The vaccine may have saved you from covid but it will deadly in other ways.
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Tre Hsi Jan 09, 2022 9:46PM ET
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you know this from where/who?  you know, an actual scientific source other than the voices in your head
 
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