Interview "We are behind the virus. The ideal would be to develop a vaccine that makes us impervious to any Covid strain"
The president of the United States,
tested positive for covid-19
" this Thursday and
presents "very mild symptoms"
, his spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, announced in a statement.
The 79-year-old Democrat
"started taking Paxlovid"
, Pfizer's anticovid pill.
In addition, in accordance with White House protocol, which goes beyond the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
Biden will continue to isolate himself until he tests negative
and will not return to work in person until then.
The White House has promised to update data on the president's health status daily while he continues to work.
The White House medical unit will also inform all close contacts of the president, including those he had this Wednesday with members of Congress and the media, as well as others, during his trip to Massachusetts.
Biden's last negative covid test dates back to this Tuesday, on his return from a
tour of Israel and Saudi Arabia last week
, Karine Jean-Pierre said.
The president was scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania on Thursday and to Florida on Monday.
The United States currently registers about
130,000 new cases of covid-19 per day
, an underestimate figure according to experts, and the number of hospitalizations is increasing.
The highly contagious BA.5 subvariant of omicron is dominant in the country, accounting for about 80% of cases.
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