Kerry, looking weary, was speaking at the opening of U.S.-China talks at the State Department Wednesday. Kerry returned to Washington from his wife's hospital bedside in Boston.
Kerry said: "Teresa is doing better, under evaluation and we hope improving."
He says he wanted to t hank everybody for, quote, "the remarkable outpouring of good wishes. It's really been very special." He adds that when Mrs. Kerry is able, she will "tell everyone herself."
The 74-year-old Kerry was hospitalized after becoming ill Sunday on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, where the couple owns a home.