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US Defense Secretary Austin Contracts COVID-19 for 2nd Time


U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced, on Monday, that he tested positive for COVID-19, adding that he is experiencing mild symptoms.

In a statement, Austin, 69, said he is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters. He also pointed out that he will quarantine for the next five days in accordance with CDC guidelines and “will retain all authorities and plan to maintain my normal work schedule virtually from home.”

It is worth noting that this is the second time Austin has gotten the coronavirus.

On the same day, Pfizer Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Bourla also announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing very mild symptoms.

Bourla, 60, revealed that he had started a course of the company’s oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, adding that he was isolating and following all public health precautions.

“We have come so far in the past two years in our efforts to battle this disease that I am confident that I will have a speedy recovery,” Bourla said in a statement. “I am incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of my Pfizer colleagues who worked to make vaccines and treatments available for me and people around the world.”

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