Psaki’s remarks came after Harris’ spokeswoman said on Saturday night that the vice president did not need testing because she had never come close enough to be exposed to the deadly disease.
During his daily briefing, Psaki was asked if there was “a safety issue regarding [Harris] spend time with the chair until a certain time has elapsed.
“Well, first of all I would say I think the vice president’s office said she was tested and… there was no detection of COVID-19,” Psaki said. .
“They also posted specific details about their proximity to those who tested positive as well. We take these precautions incredibly seriously and respect… the advice of our medical and health experts. “
Psaki also said it was “important for everyone to know that the Vice President has been tested” and that “she, of course, takes these precautions seriously.”
Following Psaki’s remarks, Harris’s office confirmed that she tested negative before a Sunday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Psaki declined to elaborate on the White House’s earlier qualification of Harris’s appointment as “routine,” saying it was “scheduled for several weeks, well before the visit of Texas lawmakers.”
Harris spokeswoman Symone Sanders released a statement on Saturday evening that the Vice President does not need COVID-19 testing despite meeting with Democrats who fled Lone Star State on the 30th on Wednesday. May to prevent a vote on a Republican-backed election. -project of reform.
At the time, three of Texas lawmakers had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Based on the timeline of these positive tests, it was determined that the Vice President and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure as they were not in close contact with those who were tested. positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined, ”Sanders said.
Two other Texas Democrats have since tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to five, their caucus director said Sunday evening. All five said they were fully vaccinated.
Also at Monday’s briefing, Psaki said Biden continues to meet in the same room as Harris.
“There weren’t any extra precautions taken, no,” she said.
Biden and Harris have both been vaccinated against COVID-19 and each received their first injections on live television.