By Ivan Mwine
All is not well for Joe Biden, the president of the United States of America (USA), after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Reports from the White House indicate that Biden is currently battling the virus, although he will continue to carry out his duties as he is experiencing “very mild symptoms”.
According to a statement from the president’s Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden, 79, who will isolate at the White House, has been in contact with members of staff and will participate in planned meetings.
“I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done,” Biden said in a video recorded at the White House and shared on social media. “In the meantime, thanks for your concern, and keep the faith – it’s going to be okay,” he added.
The president has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug recommended for those at risk of severe illness.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said this includes those over the age of 65 in the case of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that African leaders will meet President Biden in Washington in December for the first major Afro-American Heads Of State summit organised by the US for the continent.
Business analysts believe the meeting is part of American efforts to counter growing influence of China and Russia in Africa.