WASHINGTON – Was the treatment President Trump received while hospitalized for COVID-19 a cure or simply therapeutic medicine?
Well, it depends who you ask.
President Trump told the American people, in a video posted to his social media this week, that he considers Regeneron’s experimental antibody treatment to be a cure for the disease, going on to say it was “key” in his recovery.
“They’re gonna say that they’re therapeutic and I guess they are therapeutic — some people don’t know how to define therapeutic — I view it different,” said the President. “It’s a cure. For me, I walked in, I didn’t feel good. A short 24 hours later I was feeling great. I wanted to get out of the hospital.”
President Trump was treated at Walter Reed Hospital, where he stayed four days fighting the disease that’s now killed more than 210,000 Americans.
The President calls it “a blessing from God” that he got COVID, saying that otherwise he would not have been able to try Regeneron’s experimental antibody treatment and would not have seen it as any different than the other experimental treatments that are out there.
President Trump’s video claiming Regeneron as a cure has several million views across social media platforms – a fast spread of what medical experts consider to me misleading information.
The world health organization insists, “there are not medicines that have been shown to prevent or cure the disease.”
While epidemiologists race toward a vaccine that would do just that, something President Trump promises is still right around the corner, the President says that at this point making Regeneron’s treatment readily available is even more important.
“That’s what I want for everybody. I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president,” he said in the video.
President Trump said he has already signed off on this experimental treatment and is now waiting for Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.