Trump Promises to Fast-Track Approval for Regeneron's COVID-19 Drug

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Trump was given the treatment thanks to a "compassion use" request from his doctors, which allows patients to gain access to experimental drugs if their condition is life-threatening.

Regeneron's treatment, meant to replace the immune system to neutralize the coronavirus, has produced promising results in preliminary clinical trials in 275 patients.

President Trump has attributed his quick recovery from COVID-19 to an experimental antibody drug by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. In a call earlier on Friday, a top us health official said the government was expecting to provide more than 1 million free doses of antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients, similar to the one that was administered to Trump.

Eli Lilly on Wednesday said that it has asked the USA government to allow emergency use of an experimental antibody therapy. "I call that a cure", he said.

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Regeneron signed a $450 million deal in July to sell Operation Warp Speed enough doses of its antibody treatment, REGN-COV2, to treat around 300,000 people. The company has said 275 patients participated in the first phase of the drug trial.

The United States has recorded more than 7,630,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 213,100 deaths as of Friday noon, according to the real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Fauci said that while these had been "showing promise in clinical trials", the research is still ongoing and no final determination has been made. "Frankly, [Trump] is an anecdote", said Dr Rob Davidson, an emergency room physician in MI and executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicine, in a video on Twitter.

The medication, which is a cocktail of antibodies being developed by the U.S. pharmaceutical firm Regeneron, is still in clinical trials, and has yet to be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

Trump stated that he might not have recovered without the therapeutics he received to combat his own COVID-19 illness. Just a month later, the FDA revoked its emergency authorization for the drug citing growing evidence that it did not work to prevent the virus and that it had serious side effects.

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