WASHINGTON D.C.  — (08-02-21) — U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced on Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19, even though he was fully vaccinated. Graham is the first senator known to test positive for the coronavirus in months, and the first known “breakthrough” case among vaccinated senators.

“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,” said Graham. “I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning. I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for ten days,” said Graham.

Senator Graham was one of 17 GOP senators who worked way into the night over the weekend helping to advance a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Now that he will quarantining due to his infection, supporters of the bill will be down a vote until he comes out of quarantine. The infrastructure bill only need 10 GOP senators to support it if every Democrat votes for it.

Graham’s announcement comes amid growing public concern about the potential for so-called breakthrough cases, when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19.

According to data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than 1 percent of fully vaccinated Americans have had a breakthrough case of COVID-19 that has resulted in hospitalization or death.

Graham, in his statement, touted the vaccine, saying that if he wasn’t vaccinated “my symptoms would be far worse.”

“I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now,” said Graham.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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