President Biden tests positive for COVID-19, experiencing mild symptoms, White House says

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President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning after experiencing “very mild symptoms,” according to the White House.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president has begun taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid and is now isolating at the White House residence. He is continuing to carry out all of his duties, but will remain in isolation until he tests negative. 

“He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted, and experiencing very mild symptoms,” Jean-Pierre said in a statement Thursday. “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.”

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