The White House announced Thursday that President Joe Biden has contracted COVID-19, in a press release posted to the official website, saying the Commander-in-Chief has been vaccinated and given two boosters but is still symptomatic.
The 79-year-old “is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms,” according to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. In addition, the president is being medicated with Paxlovid, an antiviral medicine used to treat the virus.
“[Biden] 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,” the statement continued.
The post added that the president will continue to carry out his normal duties but be fully isolated during his daily work sessions.
White House Coronavirus policy mandates individuals must have a negative test, so the president “will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work,” the message read.
The press secretary further stated there will be daily updates on the president’s condition, “out of an abundance of transparency.”
The statement also laid out the next steps for the White House medical unit which “will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel.”
“The President’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result,” Jean-Pierre concluded.
Biden’s diagnosis comes as he is faced with several crises that have resulted in a 36 percent approval rating, per NPR.
This also comes just one day after Biden said he currently has “cancer,” during what appeared to be yet another teleprompter flub by the president.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates referred The New York Post to a tweet from Glenn Kessler — a Washington Post columnist — who said Biden had “non-melanoma skin cancers” removed before he assumed the presidency.
Some, however, were still reportedly confused as to why he would use the present-tense form of the word.
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