South Carolina Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves Wilson Obama said his ‘initial instinct’ during Joe Wilson’s ’09 outburst was to ‘hit this guy on the head’ Democrats raise the alarm about new US human rights priorities Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez defeats Valerie Plame in primary New Mexico LAKE (R) announced on Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 just hours after speaking to the House of Representatives about the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed and the start of vaccine distribution nationwide.
“Earlier tonight I heard that I tested positive for COVID-19,” Wilson said in a statement Wednesday. “I will take all necessary precautions as directed by the doctor, including quarantine during the Christmas holidays.”
“Fortunately, I feel fine and have no symptoms,” added the GOP congressman. “It is so important that we all do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus.”
Earlier Wednesday, Wilson appeared on the House floor to praise the development of a coronavirus vaccine, citing a Editorial of the Washington Times saying: “The life-saving COVID-19 vaccine he [President TrumpDonald TrumpTop Trump aide Derek Lyons to leave White House this month Judge rules Trump Org must turn over documents to NY AG as part of probe Longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt announces he’s registering Democrat MORE] promised to deliver arrived in record time. Hallelujah.”
“‘Promises made, promises kept,” Trump likes to say. That’s the can-do spirit that makes America special. Just in time for Christmas, the fruits of’ Operation Warp Speed ’are starting to bring joy to the world, “the editorial continues. .
Wilson’s comments came after health workers began receiving the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday, following emergency use clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week.
Wilson, 73, is the latest in a string of lawmakers from both parties to test positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks.
Reps. Rick AllenRichard (Rick) Wayne Allen The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving Rep. Rick Allen Tests Positive for COVID-19 Lawmakers-Linked Companies Received MORE PPP Loans (R-Ga.) And Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley Lee MORE (D-Nev.) Separately announced last month that they had contracted the virus. Days before, two other House members, Reps. Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) And Joe CourtneyJoseph (Joe) D. Courtney Rep. Rick Allen Tests Positive for COVID-19 Connecticut Democrat Diagnosed With COVID-19 What We Need To Do To Beat COVID And Unite The Country MORE (D-Conn.), Both announced that they tested positive.
In total, at least 11 senators and 36 MPs have tested positive for COVID-19 or its antibodies since the start of the pandemic, according to CNN.
While Pfizer has said it has manufactured enough of the vaccine to deliver at least 25 million doses to the United States by the end of the year, prioritizing health professionals and higher-risk populations in the initial distribution of the vaccine. Experts predict it won’t be generally available to the general public until spring or summer 2021.
The vaccine candidate developed by Moderna is also being considered for emergency FDA approval this week.
According to Wednesday, the US had a total of about 16.9 million cases of COVID-19, with more than 307,000 fatalities as a result of the virus, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.