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Was Colin Powell vaccinated? Ex state secretary dies following covid

Yasmine Leung October 18, 2021
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Former US secretary of state Colin Powell has passed away following complications arising from covid-19. People are wondering whether the 84-year-old was vaccinated.

RIP Colin Powell

Tributes to Colin Powell have been flowing in after his family shared the news of his passing in a Facebook post.

Known for his position as the first black US secretary of state, he held the highest rank for an African-American in history until the election of Barack Obama as president.

Before his post as state secretary in the Bush administration, Powell was a professional soldier who served in the Vietnam War and the 1983 invasion of Grenada. He eventually became chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the highest rank in the Department of Defense.

Powell is survived by his wife Alma Vivian and three children, Michael, Linda and Annemarie.

Was Colin Powell vaccinated against covid?

Yes, the general was vaccinated, according to the family’s statement:

“General Colin L Powell, former US secretary of state and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, passed away this morning due to complications from covid-19. He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”

CNN reports Powell also suffered from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that weakens the body’s ability to fight infections. Those with compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to suffering complications if they contract covid.

The definition of a breakthrough infection by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the detection of covid in a person 14 days or more after they’ve received all recommended doses of a US FDA-authorised vaccine.

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Vaccination figures

The CDC reports that, as of 12 October 2021, more than 187 million US citizens had been vaccinated against covid.

It advises immunocompromised people should receive an additional dose of mRNA covid-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

It is unknown whether Powell received a booster shot.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.