“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,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday.
The last extensive update on Biden’s medical state came in December 2019
, when the doctor he eventually recruited to serve as White House physician described him as “a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”
Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, hasn’t released a full report on his health since.
Biden is not behind in releasing medical information compared to his recent predecessors, who waited a full year before undergoing a physical and authorizing details to be released publicly.
The latest update on Biden’s health came after he, then-president-elect, fractured his foot
in November while playing with his dog. In February, Biden’s physician said
the foot fractures “are completely healed.”
Presidents are not required to publicly disclose results of their annual check-ups but have done so to be transparent and assure the American people in the face of questions about their state of health. Presidents, however, have also hidden
their illnesses, the severity of their illness, or medical treatments.