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Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘mild symptoms’

US President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media after exiting Air Force One, July 20, 2022, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media after exiting Air Force One, July 20, 2022, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus as new variants challenge the nation’s efforts to resume normalcy after two and a half years of pandemic disruptions.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says that Biden is experiencing “mild symptoms” and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease.

She says Biden “will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time.”

Biden, 79, is fully vaccinated, after getting two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine shortly before taking office, a first booster shot in September and an additional dose March 30.

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