West News Wire: President Joe Biden is operating remotely from the White House while testing positive for Covid-19. Biden, who has had four vaccine doses overall, is currently receiving an antiviral drug.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre revealed that the president tested positive for the illness on Thursday morning and added that he is “experiencing very mild symptoms.”

Biden has started taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug made by Pfizer, according to Jean-Pierre, who also highlighted that Biden is “completely immunised and twice boosted.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved paxlovid for emergency use in December. White House coronavirus czar Dr. Anthony Fauci took paxlovid during his Covid-19 episode in May, but it didn’t seem to help.

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.

During his presidential campaign in 2020, Biden made fighting the coronavirus pandemic a key promise. Since taking office he has imposed a vaccine mandate on federal workers and government contractors and a mask mandate on federal property. Biden has repeatedly urged Americans to get vaccinated and boosted, claiming last July that “you’re not going to get Covid if you have these vaccinations.”

Biden warned last fall that “our patience is wearing thin” with those who refused to get vaccinated, stating that they could look forward to “a winter of severe illness and death.”

The president’s health made headlines on Wednesday too, when he announced during a speech on climate change that he had cancer as a result of oil pollution. The White House then claimed that Biden was referring to his previous experience with “localized, non-melanoma skin cancers,” which his physician attributed to time spent in the sun as a youth.

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Biden is the second president to catch Covid-19, after Donald Trump fell ill with the disease in October 2020. Trump attributed his recovery from the virus to monoclonal antibody treatment.

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