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A photo released by the White House of President Trump working in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday, after testing positive for COVID-19. Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House

The White House released images Saturday night of President Trump working from the Walter Reed Medical Center, hours after a video message was posted from his Twitter account in which he said he's "starting to feel good."

Why it matters: There have been conflicting reports on the state of Trump's health since it was announced Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with the coronavirus. The timeline on when he fell ill is also unclear.

Trump works in his conference room at Walter Reed on Saturday. Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian/the White House.

What he's saying: "I came here, I wasn’t feeling well. I feel much better now," Trump said in his video message. "I think I’ll be back soon, I look forward to finishing up the campaign."

  • Trump added that as a leader you have to confront problems.
  • "We're going to beat this coronavirus ... we have things happening that look like they're miracle," he said. "I'm starting to feel good. You don't know over the next period of a few days, that's the real test."

The big picture: White House physician Sean Conley said in a statement Saturday night that Trump is "not yet out of the woods," but the medical team "remains cautiously optimistic." He was evasive at a news conference earlier as to whether Trump received supplemental oxygen.

  • White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News Saturday night that Trump's blood oxygen level had "dropped rapidly" after he was diagnosed, but he's now "doing well."
  • The White House reporter on pool duty — traveling with the president and delivering official dispatches to news outlets — quoting "a source familiar with the president’s health," reported earlier:
"The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery."

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout

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Jan 11, 2021 - Health

States open coronavirus vaccine "megasites" at stadiums, fairgrounds

Los Angeles is turning its testing site at Dodger Stadium into a vaccination site. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

States across the U.S. are opening stadiums, fairgrounds, convention centers and other large spaces as COVID-19 vaccine "megasites" as they ramp distribution of the shots.

Driving the news: Many states are moving to the next phase of the biggest vaccination drive in history, making vaccines available to new groups, including seniors, teachers, first responders and other essential workers.

Biden receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

President-elect Joe Biden publicly received his second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Monday in Newark, Delaware.

Why it matters: Biden's effort to bolster public confidence in the vaccine, which has been found by the FDA to be safe and 95% effective, comes after an alarming number of Americans polled in December said they would reject a vaccine.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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