Many people have been wondering, what exactly is this “Antibody Cocktail” that the President has been given. Well here goes.
The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump remains “fatigued” after contracting COVID-19 and has been injected with an experimental antibody cocktail for the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and spread to the highest reaches of the U.S. government.
Trump’s physician, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, revealed on Friday the commander-in-chief received a dose of an experimental antibody cocktail by Regeneron that is in clinical trials.
“He completed the infusion without incident,” Dr. Conley said in the statement.
Dr. Conley said Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits” and that a team of experts was evaluating both the president and first lady in regard to next steps.
Trump is also taking zinc, Vitamin D, melatonin and other medications.
The first lady, who is 50, has a “mild cough and headache,” Conley reported, and the remainder of the first family, including the Trumps’ son Barron, who lives at the White House, tested negative.
In a statement late Friday, Regeneron confirmed Trump was provided the REGN-COV2 antibody cocktail as part of a “compassionate use request,” which is when the Food and Drug Administration allows for unapproved treatments to be made available to treat ill patients when no other treatment is available.
The company’s compassionate use program defines it as being intended for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions who do not have any viable or available treatment options, and are unable to participate in ongoing clinical trials.”
Now of course this sounds much worse than it is, because as many of you know, there is no cure for Covid-19, just like there is no cure for the common cold, the flu, or even pneumonia, just therapies that get you better.
Trump is receiving a two-antibody combo drug that’s currently in late-stage studies from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. The company previously developed a successful treatment for Ebola using a similar approach.
It’s given as a one-time treatment through an IV.
Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said the drug was being given “as a precautionary measure,” and that Trump also was taking zinc, vitamin D, an antacid called famotidine, melatonin and aspirin. None of those have been proven to be effective against COVID-19.
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