Two prominent Democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey, announced separately on Sunday that they had tested positive with a successful case of the coronavirus.
Both senators disclosed their cases on Sunday, and said they were experiencing mild symptoms after receiving vaccinations and a booster shot. Ms Warren said she got a positive result on Sunday, while Mr Booker said her test result came back after experiencing symptoms on Saturday.
News of the cases came barely a day after the Senate left Washington for the year and responded to the rapid spread of the Omicron version ahead of a planned address by President Biden to the nation on Tuesday.
Both senators called on the public to get vaccinated.
Ms Warren wrote on Twitter: “I urge everyone who hasn’t already to get a vaccine and booster as soon as possible – together, we can save lives,” she said, adding that she was given a vaccine. And got a booster shot.
“I’m sure without him I would have been doing a lot worse,” Mr Booker said in a statement. “I encourage everyone who deserves to be vaccinated and promoted.”
President Biden will address Americans on Tuesday as his administration faces questions about how it will respond to the challenges of a pandemic that goes beyond the administration’s expectations.
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, will announce Mr Biden “the new steps the administration is taking to help communities in need of aid,” wrote on twitter on Saturday, “issuing a dire warning about what winter will look like for Americans who choose to live without vaccinations.”
Mr Biden has both sounded the alarm at Omicron this month, while also expressing optimism that the rapidly spreading version will not hold back the country’s progress.
For the uninitiated, the president said Thursday, “We are witnessing a winter of serious illness and death—if you’re unaffiliated—for yourself, your family, and the hospitals they’ll soon drown in. But there’s good news: If you are vaccinated and have a booster shot, you are protected against serious illness and death.