A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT! pic.twitter.com/uhLIcknAjT
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
In video recorded outside the White House Oval Office, Trump went on to describe Regeneron’s COVID-19 treatment, called “REGN-COV2,” and other treatments as “therapeutic.” But for me, it wasn’t therapeutic, it just made me better. Okay, I call it a cure.
“I think it was a blessing from God that I grabbed him. It was a blessing in disguise, ”he continued. “I caught it. I have heard of this drug. I said, “Let me take it. It was my suggestion. I said, “Let me take it.
“I want to get what I have for you. And I will make it free, ”he added, before blaming China for the virus and explaining that he would ask the US military to distribute the drugs.
Asked whether President Trump said COVID-19 was a blessing in disguise, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said, “I’ll think before I speak. I think it’s a tragedy that the president is dealing with COVID as if it’s something not to be concerned about when 210,000 people have already died.
The experimental antibody administered to President Donald Trump has been called one of the most promising approaches to preventing serious illnesses caused by COVID-19 infection.
Its manufacturer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, said the company has agreed to provide a single dose, administered intravenously, to Trump at the request of his doctor under the “compassionate use” provisions, when an investigational drug is provided on a case-by-case basis. emergency, while studies continue.
The new drug is at an advanced stage of testing and its safety and effectiveness are not yet known. No treatment has yet proven capable of preventing serious illness after coronavirus infection.
Trump received the investigational drug at the White House last Friday before being taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The drug is administered as a single course intravenously. In several studies, Regeneron is testing it both to prevent infection and in people already infected, like Trump, to try to prevent serious illness or death.
Earlier this week, Regeneron said partial results from about 275 COVID-19 patients who were not sick enough to require hospitalization suggested it could reduce the duration of symptoms and help reduce the number of patients. infected with the virus.
However, the study is not complete and the results were only announced in a company press release and have not been published or reviewed by other scientists.
Trump’s doctor Dr Sean Conley said the president also received the antiviral drug remdesivir at the military hospital. The drug Gilead Sciences has been shown to help some patients with COVID-19 recover faster.
Earlier, Conley said Trump was also taking zinc, vitamin D, an antacid called famotidine, melatonin and aspirin. None of these have been shown to be effective against COVID-19.