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Joe Biden is “feeling good” and “doing fine” after testing positive for Covid, the White House coronavirus response coordinator said Sunday.

Ashish Jha appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation and said, “So it’s the BA.5 variant, which accounts for about 80% of infections. But thank goodness our vaccines and therapies work well against it, which is why I think the president is does good.

“I checked in with his team late last night. He felt good. Yesterday he had a good day. He has a viral syndrome, an upper respiratory infection… and he’s doing fine. So we didn’t get any updates this morning, but last night he felt much, much better.”

Biden’s positive test was announced on Thursday. At 79 years old, the president is the oldest ever inaugurated. He is also, as he said, double vaccinated and double boosted and has access to the best care possible.

On Sunday, the transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, told CNN’s State of the Union that he knew Biden was still at work despite his diagnosis “because I got a call on Thursday from the White House about something about transportation that he had asked me to put on.” to follow. “

Buttigieg also wished Biden “a quick path back to 100%”.

Jha was asked if the White House will “continue to make disclosures if” [Biden] has long-lasting symptoms of this infection”.

“Absolutely,” said Jha. “You know, we think it’s really important for the American people to know how well the president is doing. That’s why we’ve been so transparent, giving updates several times a day, letting people hear directly from me, directly from his doctor.

“And of course, if he has persistent symptoms, if any of them are getting in the way of his ability to perform his duties, we’ll reveal that early and often.

“But I suspect this will be a Covid course that we’ve seen in many Americans who have been fully vaccinated, double-shot and treated with those tools in hand. You know, the president has done a good job and we assume he will continue to do so.”

Jha also suggested that cities seeing high numbers of cases, including New York, Phoenix and Miami, might consider re-imposing inner-mask mandates.

“Masks work, right? They obviously slow down the transfer. So in high-transmission areas, I think it’s very sensible for people to wear masks indoors, especially if they’re in crowded, poorly ventilated areas. That’s what the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] recommends. And I think that’s a very important and effective way to reduce transmission, and also to protect yourself.

“You know, or, in terms of mandates, and that’s something that we’ve always felt strongly should be done by local officials, mayors, governors, local health officials, and we see different officials using different tactics. And I think that’s actually appropriate, as we have a very diverse country with different transmission patterns and willingness to participate in mask-wearing.”

Jha was also asked about monkey pox, which was declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization on Saturday. Would the Biden Administration Declare a Pandemic?

“The World Health Organization has declared pandemics,” Jha said, “and I applaud the World Health Organization for declaring this public health emergency of international concern. We are seeing outbreaks spiraling out of control in many, many parts of the world It’s very important that we put our arms around this thing.

“In the US, we are currently looking at a public health emergency as something that… [the health department] but it really depends on what that allows us to do. Right now we have over 2,000 cases, but we’ve ramped up vaccinations, ramped up treatments, ramped up testing, and we’re continuing to look at all kinds of policy options. Right now we think we can put our arms around this thing, but it’s clear that if we need more tools, we’ll use them when we need them.”

Jha said he thought monkey pox could be controlled.

“The way we contain monkeypox is that we have a very simple, clear strategy for this, which is to make testing widely available. We did. And now testing is much more frequent and common.

Responding to the accusation that the US had been caught flat-footed by monkeypox, Jha said: “What I would acknowledge is that when we started two months ago, we had a limited supply of vaccines. We got more than any other country, probably more than any other country combined. We acted quickly.”

Asked if people should be concerned about another infectious disease, polio, which has been discovered in upstate New York, Jha said: “There’s a lot of surveillance we’re doing for polio, there’s sewage monitoring going on, we don’t see any outbreaks. of polio elsewhere.

“This one case has tightened everyone’s scrutiny. But… CDC and the New York Department of Health are conducting a study to try to understand more, but I don’t expect polio to become widespread in the country again because so many Americans have been vaccinated against it.”

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