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Biden tests positive for COVID-19

By: and - July 21, 2022 9:20 am

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 15: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House October 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden traveled to Hartford and Storrs, Connecticut to promote parts of his ‘Build Back Better’ agenda. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the White House announced Thursday morning. 

Biden, 79, is fully vaccinated against the virus and has twice received booster doses, according to the statement. He is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral prescription medication that is meant to reduce the severity of symptoms and the duration of illness.

“Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in the statement.

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“He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence,” she continued. 

The White House plans to provide daily updates on Biden’s condition. 

The White House said Biden will continue to “carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation,” and will return to work in-person until he tests negative. 

He tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House said.

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