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  • Graham, 66, said he began experiencing flu-like symptoms Saturday and was notified Monday morning that he tested positive.
  • It’s not clear whether the Republican senator tested positive for the delta variant of the virus, which has fueled a recent surge of infections and caused concern over possible breakthrough cases among the vaccinated.
  • Public health officials have emphasized vaccines significantly cut the risk of severe disease and death, but they may be less effective at preventing infection.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced Monday he tested positive for COVID-19 and credited the vaccine for keeping his symptoms mild. 

In a statement on Twitter, Graham, 66, said he began experiencing flu-like symptoms Saturday and was notified Monday morning that he tested positive. 

“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated,” Graham tweeted. 

“I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for ten days. I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now. My symptoms would be far worse,” Graham said. 

It’s not clear whether the Republican senator tested positive for the delta variant of the virus, which has fueled a recent surge of infections and caused concern over possible breakthrough cases among the vaccinated. 


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday warned in an internal report that the variant, which is now the dominant strain in the U.S., appears to be as contagious as chickenpox. 

The document said vaccinated people infected with the delta variant may have measurable viral loads similar to those who are unvaccinated. 

Public health officials have emphasized vaccines significantly cut the risk of severe disease and death but may be less effective at preventing infection. 


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Published on Aug 02, 2021