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[WATCH] Biden’s (Almost) Back: President Tests Negative For COVID But Remains Isolated

[WATCH] Biden’s (Almost) Back: President Tests Negative For COVID But Remains Isolated

President Joe Biden has finally tested negative for Covid-19 but will remain in isolation pending a second test, his doctor announced in a letter on Saturday.

The President has not left the White House for 17 days, after initially testing positive for Covid-19 on July 21st. After taking a five-day course of Pfizer’s antiviral drug, Paxlovid, President Biden tested positive for a rebound case of Covid last Saturday and resumed isolation. There are currently no events on his public schedule for the weekend.

During isolation, the President has participated virtually in public events from the White House residence. On two occasions, he delivered socially distanced remarks to a restricted pool from the Blue Room balcony, announcing a successful strike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri Monday and signing two bills cracking down on Covid-19 relief fraud Friday.

“The President continues to feel very well,” White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote. “Given his rebound positivity which we reported last Saturday, we have continued daily monitoring. This morning, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing was negative. In an abundance of caution, the President will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second negative test as previously described.”

President Biden is fully vaccinated and has also received two booster shots. He received his first two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine ahead of his inauguration in January 2021, his first booster shot in September, and his second booster vaccination in March. If he’s cleared to return to work, the President and First Lady Jill Biden are scheduled to travel to Kentucky on Monday after deadly floods in the eastern part of the state killed dozens of people and devastated the area.

 

 

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