President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 symptoms “have improved,” according to a letter the White House released mid-morning Friday, provided by the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor.
O’Connor reported that Biden had completed his first full day of the antiviral drug Paxlovid, after testing positive for COVID-19 on an antigen and PCR test Thursday morning.
“He ran a temperature last night to 99.4 degrees which responded favorably to acetaminophen (TYLENOL),” the letter read.
O’Connor said Biden’s symptoms continued to be a runny nose, fatigue – and now a “wet” cough.
“His voice is deeper this morning. His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain completely normal on room air,” the doctor added.
The White House doctor said Biden would continue Paxlovid, which would be supplemented with oral hydration, acetaminophen and an albuterol inhaler, which is used by asthmatics.
Prior to the release of the doctor’s letter, the White House released another photo of Biden working from the residence – this time he was wearing a mask.
The image shows the president signing the FORMULA Act, a bill on Thursday that temporarily removes tariffs on imported infant formula.
Subsequently, a similar image of Biden from Friday was shared via Twitter.
“President Biden continued to work from the White House this morning, including speaking by phone with his National Security Team,” the tweet read.
The White House released a new photo of President Joe Biden Friday morning as he works from the residence after testing positive for COVID-19. The new image shows the masked Biden signing the FORMULA Act on Thursday
Another image shared early Friday afternoon shows President Joe Biden working from the residence on Friday. “President Biden continued to work from the White House this morning, including speaking by phone with his National Security Team,” a tweet read.
President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 symptoms “have improved,” according to a letter the White House released mid-morning on Friday and provided by the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor to the press secretary. Karine Jean-Pierre
Chinese President Xi Jinping contacted Biden on Friday to wish him a “speedy recovery”, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.
“I would like to express my deepest sympathy and wish you a speedy recovery,” Xi said, according to the -.
On Wednesday, Biden said he plans to speak with the Chinese leader in the next 10 days, but did not reveal whether he has made a decision on whether to maintain or end Trump-era Chinese tariffs.
Xi’s message was the first contact between the two leaders in four months as relations soured over Taiwan, Ukraine and other issues.
Biden and Xi – who have known each other for decades – held a video call on March 18, with Biden warning Xi not to help Russia invade Ukraine.
Earlier this week, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijiang denounced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for allegedly planning to visit Taiwan next month.
A visit by Pelosi would “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, have a serious impact on the foundations of China-US relations, and send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces,” Zhao said.
“If the United States were to insist on taking the wrong path, China will take resolute and strong measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesperson added.
COVID-19 originated in China and Biden initially pushed US intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of the pandemic, but efforts apparently stalled.
Chinese state media said Chinese President Xi Jinping reached out to Biden on Friday to tell him of his “speedy recovery” following the US president’s COVID diagnosis.
White House COVID response coordinator Dr Ashish Jha (right) was making the rounds on morning shows on Friday, telling Les Actualites that Biden was “doing very well” and “the symptoms were basically the same”.
On Friday morning, White House COVID response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha made the rounds on morning shows, saying he last spoke to Biden’s medical team around 10 p.m. Thursday night.
He said on The Actualites that Biden was “doing very well” and that “the symptoms were basically the same.”
On ABC Good Morning America, Jha pushed back on the fact that Biden’s age could make battling the virus more problematic.
“He’s about as well protected as he can be against this virus,” Jha replied, pointing to the four COVID vaccine injections the president has received, in addition to his prescription for the antiviral Paxlovid.
Jha will again be present at the White House press conference on Friday afternoon.
The White House has so far resisted putting O’Connor in front of the press.