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President Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a letter from White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, but he will continue to self-isolate until he tests negative a second time. .
“The President continues to feel very good,” O’Connor wrote.
The president tested positive for the virus for the first time on July 21. The administration said he only experienced mild symptoms, including fatigue, runny nose and cough.
Biden, who is fully vaccinated and twice boosted, was prescribed the antiviral therapy Paxlovid, a standard treatment for people considered to be at higher risk for adverse effects from COVID, including people over 50. .
His symptoms were “nearly resolved” after four days of treatment, the White House said.
The president briefly left solitary confinement last week, after testing negative for COVID on July 27. He returned to solitary confinement after testing positive again on July 30, in what O’Connor described as a “rebound” case.
Paxlovid maker Pfizer and the Food and Drug Administration have both acknowledged reports of COVID rebound cases associated with the drug, but research into the extent and severity of the problem is ongoing.
The president continued to work during his illness, including remote public appearances at the White House and virtual events.
On Monday evening, Biden delivered a speech from the Blue Room Balcony announcing that the United States had killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. He also made remarks outside Friday on the economy, touting a strong jobs report in July as the White House pushes back fears of a recession due to recent negative economic growth.
Biden’s agenda advanced in Congress while he was isolated. Senate Democrats are set to pass a long-awaited bill to tackle climate change and prescription drug costs. The president also plans to hold events next week to sign bipartisan bills to boost semiconductor manufacturing and expand health care support for veterans exposed to toxic combustion outbreaks.
If he manages to end his isolation, Biden plans to travel to Kentucky on Monday with First Lady Jill Biden to visit the damage caused by the devastating floods.