John Kerry tests positive for COVID-19 at climate summit

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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks during a session on the Global Methane Pledge at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) Nariman El-Mofty/AP

John Kerry tests positive for COVID-19 at climate summit

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U.S. special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday while at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Egypt.

Kerry, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, is self-isolating in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, while final negotiations are underway for a new agreement on combating climate change.

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The conference, which is scheduled to end Friday, has been centered on negotiating a new deal for countries to jointly fight global warming, with talks stalling as diplomats argue over topics related to recovery funds for poorer countries.

Kerry is reportedly thinking about stepping down from his role as climate envoy after the U.N. conference. The Biden administration has said Kerry “has no plans to depart” his role.

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The former presidential hopeful has been criticized in his role as climate envoy for downplaying human rights violations by other countries while negotiating climate deals and for flying in a private jet around the world while calling for lower emissions, leading to him flying commercial to the climate conference in Egypt.

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