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Biden speaks about his negative Covid test and the broader pandemic effort

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President Joe Biden spoke within the the White House Rose Garden after testing negative for Covid-19 and ending the strict isolation measures he had been following since contracting the coronavirus last week.

“My symptoms were mild, my recovery was quick and I’m feeling great,” Biden said in a brief speech on the before he went back to work within the West Wing. He had been working from the White House residence after contracting Covid last week

Biden’s symptoms “have been steadily improving, and are almost completely resolved,” wrote White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor in a letter released by the White House on Wednesday.

Biden, 79, also discussed where the U.S. stands in its two-year battle against the virus.

“What’s different now’s our ability to guard ourselves from serious illness resulting from Covid. In truth, that is radically different today than it was only a yr ago,” said Biden.

“Covid is not gone. But even with cases climbing on this country, Covid deaths are down nearly 90% from once I took office” in January of 2021.

O’Connor wrote in his letter that Biden had accomplished a five-day course of the antiviral medication Paxlovid, one among several novel treatment options which have contributed to the large drop in Covid mortality rates.

“This life saving drug reduces the danger of hospitalization and death from Covid-19 by about 90%,” Biden said of Paxlovid.

He added that in lots of places the drug is “free, secure and straightforward to take. And we’re moving quickly to make it widely available.”

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