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GOP Rep. Kevin Brady tests positive for COVID-19

GOP Rep. Kevin Brady tests positive for COVID-19
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Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyNew CDC guidance ends up deepening debate over reopening schools McCarthy seeks shift from party's civil war GOP digs in on preserving Trump tax cuts MORE (R-Texas) announced Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers to contract the virus. 

Brady said the House physician told him Tuesday night that he contracted the coronavirus and that he must now in quarantine. He added that he received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 18 and last tested negative for the coronavirus on Jan. 1.

The lawmaker said he would receive treatment Wednesday, though he did not clarify what that treatment will be. 

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Brady is the second House member in as many days to test positive for COVID-19 after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerHere are the House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege Overnight Health Care: US sets record for daily COVID-19 deaths with over 3,800 | Hospitals say vaccinations should be moving faster | Brazilian health officials say Chinese COVID vaccine 78 percent effective MORE (Texas), the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee said Monday that she has the coronavirus.

Data has shown that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides some protection against COVID-19 about 10 days after receiving the first dose, but recipients get a more significant boost after receiving their second dose three weeks later. 

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Pfizer has conceded that its vaccine’s efficacy sits around 52 percent after just the first dose but jumps to 95 percent after the full regimen is complete.

Lawmakers have been advised to get tested for the coronavirus when coming back to Washington but are allowed to perform their duties while they wait for the results if they are asymptomatic or have not come into contact with someone who knows they have the virus.

It was not immediately clear where Brady contracted the virus, but lawmakers were seen crowding on the House floor Sunday during an unexpected floor vote. That development sparked a stern rebuke from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings Curator estimates Capitol art damage from mob totals K Democrats want businesses to help get LGBT bill across finish line MORE (D-Calif.), who sent a letter to lawmakers reminding them of social distancing guidelines. 

At least 49 members of Congress or lawmakers-elect have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. A number of others have tested positive for antibodies or had presumed cases.