Joe Biden shakes hands whilst not wearing a mask

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Mr Biden travelled to the Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday for his annual check-up. Just one day shy of his 79th birthday, Ms Harris will take over power in his absence, the White House revealed. White Press Secretary, Jen Psaki said in a statement: “Later this morning, the President will travel to Walter Reed Medical Center for his routine annual physical.

“We will provide more details after he arrives at Walter Reed.”

The White House confirmed Ms Harris will conduct her duties from the West Wing during this time.

The Walter Reed Center is the traditional hospital for Presidents. 

Donald Trump was also treated there when had Covid. 

This comes as the President considers boycotting the Winter Olympics in China. 

The Winter Olympics are due to be held in Beijing next year. 

Mr Biden held his first official talks with China’s Premier, Xi Jinping on Monday. 

Asked by reporters, he said: “That is something we are considering.”

The move comes amid accusations of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region.

The Chinese government has been accused of oppressing Uighurs Muslims in the region – something it has denied. 

Mr Biden also held talks with Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss the matter. 

The President is facing pressure from both parties to boycott the games next year.

Ms Psaki added: “There are areas that we do have concerns: human rights abuses.

“We have serious concerns.

“Certainly there are a range of factors as we look at what our presence would be.

“I want to leave the president the space to make decisions.”

This is a developing story, more to follow…

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