Three U.S. Senators Test Positive in ‘Breakthrough’ COVID-19 Cases

Three vaccinated U.S. senators announced separately on Thursday that they had tested positive for Covid-19 and experiencing a “breakthrough” case as the highly infectious delta variant spreads rapidly across the country.

Sens. Angus King (I., Maine), Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), and John Hickenlooper (D., Colo.) said that they were experiencing breakthrough Covid-19 cases despite having been fully vaccinated.

King’s office said he began feeling “under the weather” Wednesday and decided to take a Covid-19 test at his doctor’s suggestion.

Wicker’s office said in a statement that the congressman tested positive Thursday morning after experiencing “mild symptoms.”

Hickenlooper tweeted a few hours later that he tested positive and decided to self-isolate despite feeling good.

The three senators are the most recent high-profile lawmakers to test positive for the virus after receiving the vaccine.

Covid-19 breakthrough cases have been very rare among the large numbers of those vaccinated but can still happen because no vaccines are 100% effective. 

Health officials are quick to emphasize that breakthrough cases represent a small portion of all those vaccinated and that Covid-19 vaccines remain key to ending the pandemic.


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