Biden to speak on operation in Afghanistan against al-Qaida

Biden plans to speak from the White House Blue Room balcony as he remains isolated at the residence while continuing to test positive for COVID-19.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will address the nation Monday after the White House conducted a “successful” counter-terrorism operation against an al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan over the weekend.

The White House said there were no civilian casualties.

Biden planned to speak from the White House Blue Room balcony as he remains isolated at the residence while he continues to test positive for COVID-19.

The president tested positive Saturday in what appears to be a rare case of “rebound” from his antiviral drug treatment and has had to cancel travel and in-person events as he is isolating for at least five days, according to the centers disease control and prevention guidelines.

After initially testing positive on July 21, Biden, 79, was treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovid. He tested negative for the virus last Tuesday and Wednesday, allowing him to leave isolation while wearing a mask indoors.

Research suggests that a minority of patients prescribed Paxlovid experience a rebound case of the virus. The fact that rebound rather than reinfection may have occurred bodes well for Biden’s health once he is clear of the disease.

“The fact that the President has cured his illness and has no symptoms is a good sign and makes it less likely that he will develop COVID for a long time,” said Dr. Albert Ho, an infectious disease specialist at Yale University’s School of Public Health.

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