The View host Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro were pulled from a live broadcast after testing positive for breakthrough COVID-19 infections.
Both were minutes away from a face-to-face interview with Vice President Kamala Harris.
Hostin and Navarro took part in the opening “Hot Topics” segment unmasked, alongside fellow hosts Joy Behar and Sara Haines.
Two The View hosts, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, were removed from a live broadcast Friday morning after testing positive for COVID-19. Both were vaccinated, and fellow host Joy Behar announced they had breakthrough infections (when a vaccinated person contracts COVID-19).
Complicating matters, Vice President Kamala Harris was minutes away from joining The View for an in-studio, face-to-face interview.
Hostin and guest host Navarro had been present and unmasked during the broadcast’s opening “Hot Topics” segment, along with fellow hosts Joy Behar and Sara Haines. Whoopi Goldberg was not present for Friday’s show. The audience was wearing masks while the pair were on set.
While the show was broadcasting live, a producer abruptly asked Hostin and Navarro to step off of the set, promising more information later; none of the hosts knew why. Behar tried to segue into Harris’ interview but was immediately told that it wouldn’t be happening as planned.
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Later, Behar and Haines addressed the audience directly. “Since this is going to be a major news story any minute now,” Behar explained, “what happened is that Sunny and Ana both apparently tested positive for COVID. No matter how hard we try, these things happen.” The remaining hosts took questions from the audience as producers and the Secret Service scrambled to find a safe way to continue.
Harris still moved forward with the interview, albeit a video feed from a separate location within the building. “Sunny and Ana are strong women, and I know they’re fine,” the Vice President said. “But it really also does speak to the fact that they’re vaccinated, and vaccines really make all the difference.”
Though breakthrough infections are rare, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they still happen. Compared to the nearly 170 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated, it’s clear that breakthrough infections remain low and that the vaccines are doing what they should be: preventing severe illness and death in a vast majority of immunized people.
But, booster shots might offer additional protection. And now, according to The New York Times, a CDC advisory committee is recommending booster shots (a third dose) of Pfizer's mRNA vaccine to help increase immunity in those over 65, considered high-risk, or have an occupational risk. And new data shows that a booster increases the efficacy of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but as with the Moderna vaccine, Johnson & Johnson's booster is not yet authorized.
So time will tell if Hostin and Navarro will receive a booster shot, but we sure hope that they weather these seemingly asymptomatic cases of COVID in good spirits and look forward to their return to The View.
We wish the pair a speedy and symptom-free recovery!
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