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  • Biotechnology company Regeneron released early results from tests involving its experimental antibody cocktail on Tuesday that found it seemed to reduce levels of the virus and improve symptoms in patients.
  • The White House physician said Trump received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail.
  • On Friday evening, the president was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center out of an abundance of caution.

President Trump has been treated with an experimental antibody drug being developed by the drug maker Regeneron after he and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus. 

“Following PCR-confirmation of the President’s diagnosis, as a precautionary measure he received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail. He completed the infusion without incident. In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin,” White House physician Sean P. Conley said in a memo Friday afternoon. 


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Biotechnology company Regeneron released early results from tests involving its experimental antibody cocktail on Tuesday that found it seemed to reduce levels of the virus and improve symptoms in patients. 

Regeneron said those who were not making their own antibodies at the beginning of the trial saw the greatest benefit. Their symptoms subsided in an average of six to eight days, compared with 13 days in patients who were given a placebo. 

The results were from a study of 275 people who were treated after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. The experimental treatment is still in clinical trials. The treatment has not been approved by regulators and Regeneron said it provided the drug to the president under a compassionate-use request. 

The president announced just before 1 a.m. Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump contracted COVID-19 and reportedly has had a fever, congestion and cough since this morning, according to The New York Times. 

On Friday evening, the president was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center out of an abundance of caution. 

“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. “Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”


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Published on Oct 02, 2020