Statement from Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Sarah Lovenheim on the HHS delegation traveling to Berlin

“This morning in Berlin, ahead of the G7 meetings for health ministers, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a PCR test. He is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and experiencing mild symptoms He will continue to serve as HHS Secretary, working in isolation.

“HHS has consulted with and taken all actions advised and required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and German public health authorities.

“Secretary Becerra recently visited the White House last week on Thursday and President Biden is not considered a close contact as defined by the CDC. He remains fully committed to the duties of HHS Secretary while in isolation in Berlin. , and look forward to getting back into -meeting people, as soon as possible.”

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