Having been triple vaccinated and given Paxlovid, the president only experienced mild symptoms and made a quick recovery. He attributed his vaccinations and medical intervention to his swift recovery.
"When my predecessor got Covid, he had to get helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center. He was severely ill; thankfully, he recovered," Biden said, making a subtle dig at Trump. "When I got Covid, I worked from upstairs of the White House and the offices upstairs ... for a five-day period."
"The difference is vaccinations, of course. But also new three new tools free to all and widely available. You don't need to be President to get these tools to use for your defense. In fact, the same booster shots, the same at-home test, the same treatment that I got, is available to you," Biden added.
\u201cU.S. President Joe Biden said he will now be able to return to work in person after testing negative for COVID, adding that he was 'feeling great' https://t.co/EICjMEnNyy\u201d
At the time, Covid vaccinations were not widely available. Trump was sent to Walter Reed Medical Center for medical intervention due to a low blood-oxygen level which concerned White House doctors.
Online, people assumed Biden was throwing shade at Trump for needing hospital intervention while he had Covid two years ago.
\u201cI chuckled at the shade POTUS threw toward Trump who had to be "helicoptered to Walter Reed" after contracting Covid as compared to Biden who was able to isolate and work in the WH residence.\ud83d\ude01\u201d
However, the President may have used the anecdote to just emphasize the importance of vaccinations and medical attention when those at-risk experience Covid.
\u201cBiden mentions that when former President Trump got Covid at a very different point in the pandemic, he had to be taken to Walter Reed -- whereas Biden was able to keep working from the WH. \n\n"You don\u2019t need to be President to get these tools to use for your defense," he says.\u201d