WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a letter from the White House physician.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote that Biden, 79, will continue to remain isolated until he tests negative for a second time.
“The President continues to feel very well,” O’Connor wrote. “Given his rebound positivity, which we reported last Saturday, we have continued daily monitoring.”
In a letter Saturday, presidential physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor announces President Joe Biden has tested negative on an antigen test, will remain in isolation pending a second negative test. Biden tested positive for rebound Covid-19 last week after first testing positive on 7/21 pic.twitter.com/CZbfnbXxo7— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) August 6, 2022
Biden originally tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21. He also tested positive on back-to-back days last weekend.
Biden continues to recover from a “rebound” case that is tied to the use of Paxlovid, an antiviral medication, USA Today reported.
Paxlovid is a standard course of treatment for people who are considered to be at higher risk of adverse effects of COVID-19, including anyone over 50.
Biden is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots.
Paxlovid manufacturer Pfizer and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have both acknowledged reports of rebound COVID-19 cases associated with the drug, NPR reported. Research into the extent and severity of the problem continues, the website reported.
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