Biden, 79, is fully vaccinated, after getting two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

a first booster shot in September and an additional dose March 30.

United States President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday,

underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus as new variants challenge

the nation’s efforts to resume normalcy after two and a half years of pandemic disruptions.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden was experiencing “mild symptoms”

and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease

and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed