Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin on the set of ABC’s The View.
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Two moderators from ABC’s “The View” tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday just before an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.
Host Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro are fully vaccinated and have landed breakthrough cases of the virus, co-host Joy Behar announced on the air after being led off the set and the program paused for an impromptu commercial break.
Harris, who flew to New York on Friday morning, didn’t contact the hosts prior to the show, a White House official told NBC News. She conducted her interview from a distance in another ABC studio.
Harris did not isolate himself after the “The View” appearance and will stick to her schedule as planned, said spokeswoman Sabrina Singh.
“No matter how hard we try, these things happen,” Behar said on the air. “You will be fine, I’m sure, because both of you are vaccinated at the Wazoo.”
Harris finally appeared in a virtual interview with Behar around 11:50 a.m. ET, after he was expected to appear at the helm of the show.
“I hope you are in a safe place right now. We have done everything we can to ensure that you are safe because we value you so much,” said Behar, introducing the Vice President.
Harris then called the two hosts “strong women” and praised Covid vaccines.
“I know they are fine, but it really speaks to them being vaccinated and vaccines really making the difference because otherwise we would be worried about hospital stays and worse,” Harris said in the belated interview.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris disembarks from Air Force Two at Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Virginia, USA, on September 10, 2021.
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Both Harris and President Joe Biden, as well as their spouses, are fully vaccinated against Covid.
The Biden government has gone to great lengths to increase Covid vaccination rates in the country and has issued a number of mandates over the past two months.
Most recently, earlier this month, the government issued comprehensive vaccination mandates affecting private companies and federal employees. Government personnel and contractors must get vaccinated for testing with no alternative, and any company with more than 100 employees must implement vaccine mandates with some medical and religious exceptions.
Biden also ordered at the beginning of August that all service members should be vaccinated by mid-September.
On Friday, the president accused more than 70 million unvaccinated Americans of holding back US economic recovery and condemned elected officials who worked to undermine his administration’s Covid efforts with false information.