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Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, who has been vaccinated for Covid-19, tested positive for the virus on Friday afternoon and remains asymptomatic, according to his spokeswoman, the CNN reported.

"This afternoon U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch received a positive test result for COVID-19 after a staff member in the Congressman's Boston office had tested positive earlier in the week," Lynch's spokeswoman Molly Rose Tarpey said in a statement Friday.

The Massachusetts Democrat plans to isolate and will vote by proxy in Congress over the coming week, according to Tarpey.

The congressman had received a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and had tested negative for Covid-19 before attending President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, Tarpey said. But she did not specify when Lynch received each dose of the vaccine.

Covid-19 vaccines prevent illness, but do not necessarily prevent infection. If someone tests positive and doesn't get sick, the vaccine has worked as intended. If someone tests positive within a few weeks of receiving the second dose, it may be because the vaccine hasn't yet fully kicked in.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says building immunity to Covid-19 "typically takes a few weeks" after vaccination.

Lynch is the latest member of Congress to test positive for the virus in recent months, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage across the country.

A few members of Congress and more than three dozen Capitol Police officers tested positive for Covid-19 after the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Experts consider the riot, which broke out as Congress was certifying the 2020 presidential election results, a likely super spreader event.

Three Democrats earlier this month said they tested positive for Covid-19 after sheltering in place that day with other members of Congress who chose not to wear masks.

  Comments - 8

  • Jaffna Logic Sunday, 31 January 2021 09:45 AM

    Vaccines take years to research and produce but when the Covid-19 vaccines were produced in less than one year everyone hailed them as Scientific ingenuity. But by any stretch of imagination how can years of research could be replaced by “ one year quickies “. Furthermore this time even doctors were involved instead of the Scientists in the creation of the vaccines. Now, cracks are appearing and we don’t know whether it is a minor one or a prelude to a massive fault line shifting.

    Sokrates Sunday, 31 January 2021 11:03 AM

    Most of the scientists in this field are research doctors, specialists as immunologists, epidemiologists, and so on. Without these doctors it would not be possible to develop and manufacture vaccines.

    REX Sunday, 31 January 2021 01:04 PM

    Scientists WERE involved in production of vaccines. Also, some doctors help with the clinical trials. This is normal practice. Trials were done in parallel to speed up the process.

    Ranaweera Sunday, 31 January 2021 10:45 AM

    Our people will defined blame Gota if anyone vaccinated become infected.now see Pfizer vaccine, so many issues. Some people died. If that happened in Sri Lanka, then it is the fault of the government.

    Jeeves Sunday, 31 January 2021 01:11 PM

    No vaccine will ever give 100% protection, but It is our only hope! Also, immunity needs time to develop after having each dose. Therefore, advisable to keep safe practices even after vaccination, until more people are vaccinated, and transmission of virus is less.

    Moorthy Badulla Sunday, 31 January 2021 01:43 PM

    If it had happened in Sri Lanka,all the scientists and the doctors involved in the invention of the vaccine would have faced the same fate of Dammika. Where are we??????????????

    Bernard Sunday, 31 January 2021 03:24 PM

    The vaccination has come to a stage not to make any difference whether vaccinated or not and what matters is self-prevention.

    Kumar Sunday, 31 January 2021 11:23 PM

    Please understand that the vaccine will prevent death or hospitalization of recipient after getting covid-19. I myself will roll dice with the vaccine than without.


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