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'Fully Vaccinated, Boosted' WH Correspondents' Dinner Sees COVID Outbreak

- NEWSMAX - Nick Koutsobinas - MAY 4, 2022 -

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner Saturday, as comedian Trevor Noah looks on and applauds. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Journalists and attendees from Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner have started testing positive for COVID-19, the Daily Mail reported.

During the event, President Joe Biden gave a speech declaring: "We're here to show the country that we're getting through this pandemic. Plus, everyone had to prove they were fully vaccinated and boosted."

"So if you're at home watching this, and you're wondering how to do that, just contact your favorite Fox News reporter. They're all here! Vaccinated and boosted! All of 'em," Biden said to a cheering crowd.

But, after the event, outlets soon started reporting surges of COVID-19 infections. CNN reported Tuesday some of its own staff, as well as media types from ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, and Politico started testing positive after the event. One such journalist was Jonathan Karl with ABC News, who was seen briefly interacting with the president.

"[Karl] tested positive for COVID Monday night," after the event, "but tested negative on Saturday afternoon before the White House Correspondents' Dinner by medically supervised staff," a source told Politico. "He had no symptoms on Saturday. Jon is currently isolating and participating in contact tracing."

The Mail added, while proof of vaccination was required, "it wasn't always checked."

The president of the White House Correspondents' Association Steven Portnoy told the Mail that 24-hour protocols had been put in place before the event as well as an advisement to get boosted.

"We worked hard," Portnoy said, "to publicize our protocols and encouraged those eligible to get booster shots in the weeks leading up to the dinner. Our event implemented protocols that went beyond any guidance or regulation issued by the CDC or the D.C. Health Department."

Taking to the podium right after Biden, comedian and host of the Daily Show Trevor Noah quipped the dinner might turn into a "superspreader" event.

"It is my great honor to be speaking tonight at the nation's most distinguished superspreader event," Noah said.


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