WASHINGTON — US President Joe Biden is feeling “much, much better” after testing positive for the coronavirus, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator says, confirming that the 79-year-old leader was infected with a highly contagious variant spreading throughout the country.
“It is the BA.5 variant… but thank goodness our vaccines and therapeutics work well against it, which is why I think the president’s doing well,” Dr. Ashish Jha tells CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“I checked in with his team late last night. He was feeling well. He had a good day yesterday. He’s got… an upper respiratory infection and he’s doing just fine. We haven’t gotten any updates this morning, but throughout the night he was feeling much, much better.’’
That variant is an offshoot of the Omicron strain that emerged late last year. It is believed responsible for the vast majority of coronavirus cases in the country. Biden tested positive for the virus on Thursday morning. He has been isolating in the White House residence since then.