Quadruple shot Lloyd Austin tests positive again but won’t reconsider vaccine mandate
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has tested positive for Covid-19 and continues to work from home while struggling “mild symptoms” he said in a statement released on Monday. The 69-year-old retired general had a bout with Covid in January, after receiving two shots and two boosters, but hasn’t changed his mind on the Pentagon’s sting mandate for all members of the military American.
“Now, as in January, my doctor has told me that my full vaccine status, including two booster shots, explains why my symptoms are less severe than they otherwise would be,” Austin said in his statement.
“Vaccinations continue to both slow the spread of [Covid]-19 and make its health effects less severe. Vaccination remains a medical requirement for our staff, and I continue to encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated and given a boost,”he added.
Austin also noted that his last in-person contact with President Joe Biden was July 29.
Cabinet officials previously made sure to include this information to assure the American public that the 79-year-old president was not in danger. However, Biden himself tested positive for the coronavirus on July 21 – and again on July 30, just three days after he was first cleared by his doctors. He was finally released from solitary confinement on August 7, in time for a beach vacation in Delaware.
Austin imposed a direct mandate on all US troops last August, amid the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Despite the Biden administration insisting the shots are both safe and effective, thousands of U.S. troops have filed lawsuits challenging the warrant, with a federal judge granting the military a temporary reprieve. air last month.
As of July 14, some 40,000 members of the Army National Guard and 22,000 reservists have had their pay and benefits blocked for refusing the vaccination mandate. Some 1,300 active duty army soldiers and more than 1,000 marines were fired for the same reason. Army records shared with the press last month showed the service granted only 29 medical exemptions and 19 religious exemptions from the warrant.