WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that he’s “feeling better every day” as he recovers from the coronavirus infection, and the White House plans to hold a summit Tuesday to discuss creating a package. -th generation of vaccines that are more effective to protect. against infectious variants.
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After participating in a virtual meeting to discuss computer chip manufacturing, Biden said “everything is on the button” of the medical tests he receives every night.
He also said he slept better, joking that his dog had to wake him up this morning.
“My wife’s not here, she usually picks him up,” Biden said. Just before 7 a.m., she said she felt “my dog’s nose on my chest.” First lady Jill Biden is at the family home in Delaware while the president is alone in the White House residence.
Biden said his voice is still hoarse and he has nasal congestion, but he is “on the way to a full recovery, God willing.”
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“I don’t keep the same time, but I fulfill all my requirements that are ahead of me,” he said.
It was Biden’s first public appearance since Friday. Although his voice was deeper and louder than normal, a deep and persistent cough disappeared.
He also delivered pre-recorded remarks at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives conference in Orlando, Fla.
Tuesday’s vaccine summit, which involved top administration officials, scientists and pharmaceutical executives, comes as the country faces a surge in infections from BA.5, a variant of a omicron strain branch.
Although the current generation of vaccines, including antiviral drugs, have helped prevent hospitalizations and deaths, there are hopes that newer versions will provide more lasting protection against disruptive infections.
The president may have been infected with the BA.5 variant, and he tested positive on Thursday. A new note from his doctor, released Monday, says his symptoms have “almost completely resolved.”
Dr. Kevin O’Connor also wrote that his vital signs remained “very normal.”
Biden has taken the antiviral drug Paxlovid, and he plans to remain in isolation at the White House residence.
“He continues to be extremely careful to protect anyone in the Executive Residence, White House, Secret Service and other staff whose duties require any (even socially distant) proximity to him,” O’Connor wrote.