US President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is working remotely from the White House. Biden, who has received a total of four vaccine doses, is taking antiviral medication.
The president tested positive for the disease on Thursday morning, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced, adding that he is “experiencing very mild symptoms.”
Jean-Pierre noted that Biden is “fully vaccinated and twice boosted,” and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral medication produced by Pfizer. Paxlovid was given emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December, and was taken by White House coronavirus czar Dr. Anthony Fauci during his bout of Covid-19 in May, seemingly to no avail.
Biden will perform his presidential duties by phone and attend meetings virtually, the White House stated. He will remain in isolation until he tests negative.