By CHRIS MEGERIAN Associated Press
“The president is responding to therapy as expected,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in his latest note. Biden has been taking paxlovidan antiviral medication that helps reduce the chance of serious illness.
O’Connor wrote that Biden still has a sore throat, though other symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, and body aches, “have greatly abated.”
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Biden tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday morning. O’Connor said Saturday that the president was probably infected with a highly contagious variant, known as BA.5that is spreading across the country, and Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said on Sunday: “It’s the BA.5 variant.”
“Thank God that our vaccines and therapeutics work well against him, so I think the president is doing well,” Jha told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Jha also gave a positive update on the president’s health.
“I checked in with your team last night. It felt good. He had a good day yesterday,” said Jha.
that variant is an offshoot of the omicron strain which emerged at the end of last year. It is believed to be responsible for the vast majority of coronavirus cases in the country. He has been isolated in the White House residence ever since.
Administration officials have stressed that her symptoms are mild because she received four doses of vaccines and began taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid after she became infected.
The White House has not released any photos or videos of Biden since Friday, when the media saw him participate in a virtual meeting with economic advisers.
Jha promised the White House would continue to provide updates on the president’s condition and whether he might have long-term symptoms.
“We think it’s very important that the American people know how well their president is doing,” he said.
“Obviously, if you have persistent symptoms, obviously if any of them interfere with your ability to perform your duties, we will disclose it early and often to the American people. But I suspect this will be a course of COVID that we’ve seen in many Americans who have been fully vaccinated, double-boosted and treated with those tools in hand,” Jha said. “The president has done well and we are going to expect him to continue to do so.”
Biden’s press secretary said 17 people, including the president’s senior staff and at least one member of Congress, were determined to have been in close contact with Biden when he could have been contagious. None have tested positive so far, Jha said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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