The White House announced on Tuesday that President Joe Biden will be getting his first medical examination since taking office later this year.
“The President is planning to have a checkup later this year, and the results will be released to the public,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News.
This came a week after White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about when Biden would get his first medical exam, but she did not have an answer at the time.
“I don’t have an update at this moment, but certainly when he has his next medical appointment, we will be transparent about that and provide that information to all of you,” Psaki said at the time.
She went on to say that she was “not aware” of an appointment scheduled, but would provide the press with “all information and data” in a “transparent way when it is scheduled, and once he has that appointment.”
At 78 years of age, Biden is the oldest president in American history, according to CBS News. It’s been seventeen months since he last released an update on his health to the public, when his campaign released a three-page summary of his medical and surgical history in December of 2019.
At the time, Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote in a letter that Biden was being treated for atrial fibrillation and took medications for seasonal allergies and occasional reflux.
“For these, he takes three common prescription medications and two common over-the-counter medications,” O’Connor said.
Presidents typically get their first medical examination sometime in their first year or two in office. Biden’s health was repeatedly called into question during his campaign last year, something that appeared to hit a nerve with him.
“When it comes to Donald Trump versus me, just look at us. Okay? Just look at us,” Biden told CNN in September. “Who seems to be in shape? Who’s able to move around?”
Many will certainly be interested to see what will happen after Biden’s next medical examination.
This piece was written by James Samson on May 12, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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