The US President Donald Trump has continuously praised an experimental monoclonal antibody treatment which he often referred to as the “cure” to the COVID-19. During his Friday interview with radio host Rush Limbaugh, he stated that this sped dup his recovery process from the disease and that this was much better on him than the vaccine.
“I was not in great shape, but we have a medicine that healed me, that fixed me,” Trump said of the antibody “cocktail” manufactured by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. “It’s a great medicine. I recovered immediately.”
Trump got released on Monday from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he was being treated for three days since announcing his COVID-19 test result which came back positive. He got admitted apparently due to high fever, chills and breathing problems .
In his words, he stated that the use of the antibody therapy he undertook at the hospital was the cure for the COVID-19 even though there hasn’t been any officially accredited drug as “cure” for the disease just yet at least not from the FDA or the CDC.
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Just as he had done with the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which he took in May as a prophylactic against COVID-19, the president didn’t hesitate describing Regeneron’s “cocktail” in the most glowing possible terms.
“We have a cure. More than just a therapeutic, have a cure,” Trump said of the antibody treatment, adding, “This is better than a vaccine.”
The drug manufacturer Eli Lilly never released adequate studies that could be traced to the monoclonal antibody treatment as being able to decrease the viral load of the disease in patients who have been hospitalized.
President Trump’s assertion about the drug being the ultimate cure hasn’t been proven in any study as being the cure of Covid-19 The president also received drugs such as Remdesivir and steroid dexamethasone.
On Tuesday, Trump voiced his frustration with the Food and Drug Administration for requiring drug manufacturers to follow safety protocols that will slow the availability of a vaccine until after the Nov. 3 election.
Perhaps the central issue in the presidential election is Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and during his rambling two-hour phone call with Limbaugh, the president again complained about not receiving enough praise for his administration’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus.
“We’ve done such a good job on the pandemic. We get zero credit,” Trump said.
There are currently 7.6 million Americans who had tested positive to the disease while some 213,000 have died due to complications from the disease which makes the US case even worse than other parts of the world. Although Trump had attributed these numbers to being because his administration conducted much more tests than other countries around the world.
“We know that we could have done better. China, faced with the first outbreak, chose strict quarantine and isolation after an initial delay. These measures were severe but effective, essentially eliminating transmission at the point where the outbreak began and reducing the death rate to a reported 3 per million, as compared with more than 500 per million in the United States,” the editorial stated. “Countries that had far more exchange with China, such as Singapore and South Korea, began intensive testing early, along with aggressive contact tracing and appropriate isolation, and have had relatively small outbreaks. And New Zealand has used these same measures, together with its geographic advantages, to come close to eliminating the disease, something that has allowed that country to limit the time of closure and to largely reopen society to a prepandemic level. In general, not only have many democracies done better than the United States, but they have also outperformed us by orders of magnitude.”
Trump did announced that the antibody drug will be rushed to hospitals and be administered on patients with the disease “free of charge” but there weren’t further information about the possible emergency use approval from the FDA.
The England Journal of Medicine which was founded way back since 1812 had written an article against the President stating his handling of the virus isn’t good enough.
“When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs,” the editorial stated