President Biden tests positive for COVID-19

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President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild symptoms,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday.

Biden, who is fully vaccinated and twice boosted, has started taking Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral drug used to minimize the severity of COVID-19. This is the first time the 79-year-old president has tested positive.

Biden is experiencing a dry cough, runny nose and fatigue; his symptoms started Wednesday evening. He is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral pill developed by Pfizer.

Biden tweeted that he’s “doing fine” and “keeping busy!”

An update will be provided every day as Biden “continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation” at the White House.

Vice Pres. Kamala Harris, who was with the president on Tuesday, tested negative Thursday morning. Her office says she’ll remain masked and continue her schedule as planned.

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