President, Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced on Thursday..
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, said President Biden “is “experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid.”
Biden is experiencing “very mild” symptoms and is taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid, Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
He “will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. 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”, the statement added.
At 79, Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history. He is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, receiving a fourth dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine a day after it was authorized in March for people over 50.
His last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result, the statement said.