An insane 12 months received only a bit crazier Friday with the information that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for COVID-19. Hours later, we discovered that the President was sick sufficient, with signs similar to a fever, to be airlifted to Walter Reed hospital and handled with an experimental coronavirus drug from the pharmaceutical giant Regeneron.
Regeneron’s inventory spiked greater than 4% after-hours on the information. The drug Trump is taking is a cocktail of antibodies, an method that different corporations similar to Eli Lilly have been testing to fight COVID with current merchandise for different situations that may be handled with these organic protectors.
Right here’s what the President is taking, in accordance with White Home doctor Sean Conley through a press launch: “Following PCR-confirmation of the President’s analysis, as a precautionary measure he obtained a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail. He accomplished the infusion with out incident. Along with the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a each day aspirin.”
What he’s not taking, or no less than has not mentioned he’s taking, is any of the merchandise or questionable therapies he’s has performed as much as the general public, typically to the outright condemnation of public health officials similar to his personal former Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb. Particularly, hydroxycloroquine: the supposed anti-malarial miracle remedy for coronavirus that Trump has touted on quite a few events regardless of a lack of compelling scientific evidence that it could possibly reduce COVID’s affect.
Regeneron released data just two days ago displaying that its antibody cocktail can scale back the so-called viral load of coronavirus, particularly amongst those that could also be symptomatic however not severely in poor health. That will clarify why Trump and his physicians selected to go down this explicit therapeutic route.
Different COVID treatments which have shown promise towards the pathogen embrace Gilead’s remdesivir and customary steroids similar to dexamethasone.
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