US President Joe Biden was infected with corona COVID-19
US President Joe Biden, who received two booster doses, became infected with the coronna virus
The press office of the White House confirmed that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, is suffering from corona.
He gave a positive test this morning, the New York Post reports. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden has been fully vaccinated - in addition to the primary vaccination and two booster doses. "He has very mild symptoms," emphasized Jean-Pierre. Biden, 79, began taking the corona drug Paxlovid after being diagnosed.
The head of state is now in isolation according to the rules and at the same time continues with his work duties. He attends scheduled appointments and meetings via Zoom and phone.
Biden was scheduled to make an in-country visit to Pennsylvania today, but that has apparently now been postponed.
Jean-Pierre noted that Biden will remain in isolation as long as the test is negative. The White House promised to keep the public updated on the president's health on a daily basis.
So far, Biden had managed to avoid getting sick, reports CNN. For example, US Vice President Kamala Harris suffered from corona at the end of April.
CNN writes that Biden received the first two doses of the Pfizer vaccine in January 2021. However, the first booster dose was given in September of the same year. He was injected with the second booster dose at the end of March this year. due to his advanced age, Biden belongs to the risk group.
Expert: We've let our guard down
Similar to many other countries, the US has recently seen a significant increase in the number of corona infections. The full extent of the coronavirus outbreak is unknown because many people are testing themselves with rapid tests at home or not at all, The Washington Post recently reported.
Epidemiologist Ziyad Al-Aly compared the situation to the situation in the Wild West. "The risk is clear, but we have let our guard down. We ourselves have chosen to be visible and vulnerable," he said.
Virologist Angela Rasmussen said further investment in testing and vaccine development would be needed. He added that President Joe Biden's administration should also take the problem more seriously. "This is what happens when politicians and other leaders don't take strong stands."