Biden tests positive for COVID-19, with 'very mild symptoms'

Biden tests positive for COVID-19, with 'very mild symptoms'
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On Thursday morning, July 21, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced that President Joe Biden has “tested positive for COVID-19.” According to Jean-Pierre, Biden is “experiencing very mild symptoms.”

The 79-year-old president has been quite aggressive in urging Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19, stressing that vaccinated people are more likely to experience milder symptoms if they are infected. And Biden, who has been vaccinated for COVID-19 and received two booster shots, appears to be demonstrating that he made a wise decision by following his own advice.

According to Jean-Pierre’s announcement, Biden “has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the resident.”

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Biden is among the many U.S. government officials who has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Others have ranged from Vice President Kamala Harris to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Sen. Elizabeth Warren — all of whom had milder infections.

Read Jean-Pierre’s announcement below:

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