U.S. President Joe Biden is seen in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., the United States, on July 27, 2022. (Photo by Aaron Schwartz/Xinhua)

WASHINGTON– U.S. President Joe Biden made the first in-person appearance at the White House on Wednesday after testing negative for COVID-19.

“My symptoms were mild, my recovery was quick and I’m feeling great,” Biden said in remarks from the Rose Garden. 

He told a crowd that COVID-19 “isn’t gone” in the United States but serious illness can be avoided with vaccines and treatments.

Biden tested negative for the coronavirus Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, according to a memo from White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor. O’Connor added that Biden, 79, will discontinue isolation measures but will wear a mask for 10 more days while increasing testing cadence.

 Fully vaccinated and twice boosted, Biden took Paxlovid, an antiviral therapy produced by Pfizer and given to patients with COVID-19, after testing positive last week. – Xinhua