Coronavirus-positive Biden says he’s “doing well”

Washington, Jul 21 (EFE).- “It’s gonna be OK,” United States President Joe Biden said Thursday in a video posted a few hours after the White House announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

“I guess you heard, this morning I tested positive for Covid. But I’ve been double vaccinated, double boosted. Symptoms are mild and I really appreciate your inquires and concerns. But I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done,” he says in the 20-second clip.

“In the meantime, thanks for your concern and keep the faith,” Biden, says while standing on a White House balcony clad in a navy blazer, slacks and open-collar shirt.

The 79-year-old president had tweeted earlier that he was “doing great” and “keeping busy.”

Biden’s most recent negative Covid-19 test was on Tuesday, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who said that while isolating in the residence for five days, the president will “continue to carry out all of his duties fully.”

The president is receiving the antiviral drug Paxlovid, used to minimize the severity of Covid-19, Jean-Pierre said, pledging to provide the public with daily updates on Biden’s condition while he is ill.

The coordinator of the administration’s coronavirus response, Dr. Ashish Jha, said that he expected Biden’s to experience “mild illness.”

“Because the president is fully vaccinated, double boosted, his risk of serious illness is dramatically lower,” Jha said alongside Jean-Pierre during the daily news briefing at the White House.

When reporters asked where and how the president became infected, Jean-Pierre said: “I don’t think that matters. What matters is we prepared for this moment.”

Biden returned to the US last Saturday after a Middle East tour where he met with the leaders of Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia.

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