U.S. President Joe Biden/File Photo: Reuters
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 but is only “experiencing very mild symptoms,” the White House announced.
In a statement, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the fully vaccinated and twice boosted Biden, 79, has begun taking the anti-viral drug Paxlovid and is working from the White House residence rather than the Oval Office.
Biden tweeted, “Folks, I’m doing great. Thanks for your concern.” He said he is “keeping busy,” but had called two Pennsylvania lawmakers and the Scranton mayor “to send my regrets for missing our event today” in the northeastern state.
Later, the White House posted a video of him while he was standing outside on a portico as he assured Americans that his symptoms were not severe.
“I really appreciate your inquiries and concerns,” he said. “But I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done. Going to continue to get it done. And in the meantime, thanks for your concern. And keep the faith. It’s going to be okay.”