The President of the United States has just tested positive for Covid-19, the White House has announced. Three times vaccinated, the 79-year-old Democrat is currently in solitary confinement.
[Mis à jour le 21 juillet 2022 à 17h50] Definitely, the theme of health is recurrent in the 46th president of the United States. While speculation was already rife about his condition, Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 this Thursday, July 21. The White House wanted to be reassuring, specifying that the president presented only “very mild symptoms” and that he had already started “taking Paxlovid”, the anti-Covid pill from Pfizer. According to his spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, he should isolate himself at the White House until the tests indicate “negative” again.
However, the virus having so far only developed slightly in his body, he assured that he would continue to “assume all of his functions” during this short quarantine. To dispel doubts about the state of health of Joe Biden who, at 79, broke the record for the oldest age for an American president, his communicators indicated that he was “fully vaccinated”, he who has already received two booster doses. Finally, if he will not be able to travel to Pennsylvania and Florida as planned, he should keep Americans informed of the evolution of his infection during the week.
Joe Biden will eventually succumb to Covid-19, after multiple tests carried out, the last negative of which dated from July 19, when the president was tested after returning from a tour in Israel and Saudi Arabia. With a complete vaccination schedule – including the two booster doses – the president has often taken the floor to encourage Americans to go to vaccination centers, going so far as to stage his third dose of vaccine live at the American television in September speaking to reporters outside a former, highly polluting coal-fired power station in the town of Somerset, last. In addition, aware of the concern vis-à-vis his advanced age, he had made public a medical examination last November; he was described there as “sturdy” and “fit” to perform his duties. However, despite these precautions, many rumors have circulated about his state of health.
Bad luck for the president, his test is positive the day after a very relayed declaration on his state of health. In a speech delivered on July 20 in Massachusetts and aimed at warning about climate change, the president uttered words that may have suggested that he was suffering from cancer. In fact, while speaking to journalists in front of a very polluting old coal-fired power station, he drew a parallel between the pollution problems linked to oil refineries and the large number of cancers that are plaguing the country. “You had to [y] put on your windshield wipers to literally remove a slick of oil from the windshield […]. That’s why me and several people I grew up with have cancer” were his exact words, triggering a shower of comments from Internet users convinced that he had just confessed to a long-hidden disease. In reality, he was doing simply referring to the non-melanoma skin cancers he was treated for before taking office, as White House spokesman Andrew Gates clarified on Twitter.
Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He served for 36 years as a senator from Delaware, from 1973 to 2009, before coming into the limelight by becoming Barack Obama’s vice-president. He will remain in this position for the two terms of the 44th President of the United States, until 2017. Of Catholic faith and of modest origin, Joe Biden studied history and political science in Delaware, where his family is installed. He continued his law studies in New York and became a lawyer.
Aged 78 today, he began his career in politics in 1970, when he was elected to New Castle County Council before, two years later, becoming a senator. He decides to run for the Democratic primary of 2020 for the presidential election against, in particular, Bernie Sanders. The latter, from the left wing of the party, started strong and Joe Biden suffered several disappointments, before rebalancing the debates thanks to the numerous support of the candidates of the centrist wing. The coronavirus pandemic will defeat the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, who will abandon the race.
The 46th President of the United States experienced several dramatic moments in his private life. After meeting his wife Neilia Hunter at a very young age, at university, the couple will give birth to three children. In 1972, the latter and his wife were victims of a serious road accident, causing the death of their daughter Naomi Christina, thirteen months, and Neilia Hunter, aged 30. The Democrat finds himself with his two sons, Beau, who died in 2015 of brain cancer, and Hunter, whom he educates alone, until his remarriage with Jill Tracy Jacobs in 1977 and with whom he still shares his life today. The couple gave birth to a daughter, Ashley, born in 1981.