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Former asthma sufferer Biden has a cough, but it's not COVID, White House says

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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden continues to test negative for COVID-19 but is suffering from its lingering effects, White House news outlets said on Tuesday after coughing repeatedly during a speech on the South Lawn. said after doing

Biden held numbers including Republicans in the sweltering midday heat before signing his $53 billion bill aimed at boosting the U.S. semiconductor industry. I spoke with ten members of parliament, business executives and cabinet ministers.

His persistent congestion forced him to interrupt his speech at several points, step aside to cough or sip water, and socialize on his media. garnered the attention of readers and critics. The 79-year-old president recently suffered his second bout of COVID-19 until Sunday, keeping him in isolation at the White House for more than two weeks.

"The president tested negative for COVID yesterday and this morning," news outlets told the White House pool shortly after his speech.

Biden previously had asthma, his COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha told reporters in July that he had "reactive airway disease." , which means "a little bronchospasm-prone". cough. He relied on an albuterol inhaler to relieve his cough during his illness.

"What he is currently experiencing is the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic," White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre told reporters late Tuesday. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Heather Timmons of Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)