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Doctor says Biden’s ‘vigorous’ as he readies for 2024 run


Washington — Despite testing positive twice last year for the coronaviru­s, President Joe Biden has no longterm symptoms and has been declared “healthy, vigorous” and “fit” to handle his White House responsibi­lities, according to a routine medical checkup performed Thursday.

The findings were contained in a memo by Biden’s doctor, summarizin­g the exams conducted during a threehour stay at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda,


The conclusion­s reached by Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the president’s personal physician since 2009, are likely to be highly scrutinize­d as the oldest president in history makes plans for an expected reelection campaign.

O’Connor concluded in a five-page memo that Biden “remains a healthy, vigorous 80-year-old male, who is fit to successful­ly execute the duties of the Presidency.” But the doctor did not speculate about where Biden’s health might be at age 86, when a second term might end.

The president had a lesion removed from his chest that is undergoing a traditiona­l biopsy. But Thursday’s results largely matched the findings after the president’s last exam in November 2021, which said his coughing was due to acid reflux, and his stiffened gait was the result of spinal arthritis, a previously broken foot and neuropathy in his feet.

The memo generally labeled Biden’s health as “stable” compared to his last exam, though it noted that his calves and hamstrings had possibly tightened.

Biden tested positive in July for COVID-19 and experience­d “very mild symptoms,” according to the White House. He also had a rebound infection and ultimately tested negative on Aug. 6 of last year. The president continued to work even as he isolated himself in the White House.

“Well, everything really went well,” Biden told NBC News on Thursday about the exam ahead of the memo’s release.

Many people, including Democrats, have expressed reservatio­ns about Biden seeking a second term in 2024.

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