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White House ends COVID-19 testing requirement for individuals near Biden, marking the conclusion of a pandemic-era measure

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WASHINGTON —⁣ In a significant‍ move on​ Monday, the ‍White House⁤ announced the ‍removal of its COVID-19 testing mandate ‌for individuals‍ who are expected to be in close proximity with President Joe ⁢Biden, ‍Vice President Kamala Harris, and their respective spouses. This decision marks the ⁤termination‍ of the final ‍COVID-19 prevention measure in place​ at the White⁤ House.

The White House clarified that this modification in policy is in line with ⁣the⁣ latest guidelines from the Centers for ⁤Disease Control‍ and Prevention (CDC). The CDC, last week, eased its previous advice that required individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate for⁢ five days. The updated guidance now states that individuals can resume work or their usual activities if their ​symptoms are mild, improving, and they have been fever-free for at ⁣least a day.

The testing protocol at the White ⁣House was first implemented in ‍the‌ early stages of the pandemic in 2020, during the⁤ tenure ‌of former President Donald Trump. The ‌protocol was further fortified when​ President Biden assumed office in January 2021, amidst ‍the ongoing pandemic.

Both former President Trump and President Biden tested positive‌ for ⁤the virus while serving​ in‌ office. Trump was hospitalized after becoming severely ill just weeks⁤ before the 2020 presidential election. On the other hand, Biden experienced minimal symptoms when he contracted the virus in the summer of 2022, ‍having already ⁤been vaccinated.

As per CDC data, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 1.18 million people in the U.S., ⁣and over the past ⁣four years,⁢ 6.85 million people have ‌been ⁢hospitalized due to ​the virus. However, more than 270 ⁣million people in‍ the U.S. have received at least ​one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The ⁢widespread availability of vaccines since early 2021 ⁤has significantly helped in reducing severe illness and death‍ rates.

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