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United States President Joe Biden contracts COVID-19 | Coronavirus

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The president has started taking PaxlovidPfizer’s antiviral pill, and will isolate himself at the White House until he tests negative again, spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Joe Biden, fully vaccinated and who has received two booster doses so far, would continue to assume all of his functions during this time.

The White House has promised to communicate daily on the state of health of Joe Biden, the oldest president ever elected in the United States.

A box of paxlovid pills.

Paxlovid treatment is recommended in the United States for people at risk of developing a severe case of the disease, a category the US president falls into because of his age.

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Jean-Francois

The Democrat’s last negative test, returning from a tour last week in the Middle East, dated back to Tuesday, said Karine Jean-Pierre.

The president was to travel to Pennsylvania on Thursday and to Florida next Monday, among other things to campaign for the midterm elections.

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The United States is currently seeing around 130,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, an underestimated figure according to experts, and the number of hospitalizations is also on the rise. The highly contagious BA.5 subvariant of Omicron is dominant in the country, where it accounts for about 80% of cases.

Joe Biden’s predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, also contracted COVID-19 just over a month before the November 2020 election.

He was evacuated by helicopter from the White House to Walter Reed Military Hospital, where he was treated for three nights.

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