President Joe Biden struggled with coughing throughout his most recent speech on addressing the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, generating concerns about the president’s own health.
Last Friday, Biden was exposed to a White House staff member who tested positive for the virus who had been vaccinated and had a booster shot. Biden tested negative on Monday.
President Biden has tested negative after coming into contact with a White House staff member last week who tested positive for Covid on Monday, press sec. Psaki says. https://t.co/kt1ZMpyKti
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“He’s asymptomatic. I spent several hours with him this morning and he is feeling great,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.
“He tested negative yesterday, as we indicated, and he’ll be tested again tomorrow. He has not — he does not have any symptoms, either,” she added.
“The staff member is fully vaccinated and boosted, and tested negative before boarding the plane, Psaki said. “This staff member did not begin to experience symptoms until Sunday, and was tested on Monday,” Psaki said.”
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Concerns continue to grow concerning the new Omicron variant, especially as many who have been vaccinated and received booster shots are among those who have tested positive.
Researchers have noted the variant is highly contagious, but is also so far less serious than the Delta variant, seeing fewer hospitalizations so far.