Eric Trump Says Nonexistent COVID-19 Vaccine His Dad 'Took' Worked Really 'Well'
Eric Trump on Sunday touted a non-existent “vaccine” that he claimed had dramatically helped his father, President Donald Trump, recover from COVID-19 after the president “worked hard” to get it develop.
The president has not received or developed a vaccine, nor is it clear that he has recovered.
In fact, the doctors administered a steroid, antiviral drug, and antibody cocktail to the president after he tested positive for COVID-19. There is no approved COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.
None of the facts apparently mattered to Eric Trump. “My father literally started the first day this vaccine was made. He's been working to get that vaccine going and now my dad just took it and you can see how well he got over it, ”raved Eric Trump on ABC News' This Week.
"Wait, wait," interrupted host Jon Karl. "Can you make it clear that you said your father just took a vaccine?"
Eric Trump replied, "That is, when he was at Walter Reed [medical center] - the medication he was taking."
Karl tried to clear it up. "The therapeutics?"
Trump did not respond - nor changed his statement, but continues to campaign for the improvement of his father's health.
The president received the corticosteroid dexamethasone, the antiviral drug remdesivir and an experimental antibody therapy developed by Regeneron.
Unlike his son, Trump did not claim he received a vaccine. But the president has stated that he is "cured" and insisted on a tweet on Sunday with no medical evidence that he is now "immune" to COVID-19. The immune tweet was flagged by Twitter for violating its rules of "misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19".
Leonard Schleifer, the CEO of Regeneron, on Sunday dismissed Trump's comments and the president's earlier praise for treatments as "miracles that come down from God".
Trump's treatment with the company's experimental antibody cocktail is "a case of one," said Schleifer, a member of Trump National Golf Club at New York's Briarcliff Manor, where he and the president reportedly discussed the company's drugs.
Schleifer said ongoing clinical trials have yet to prove how effective the treatment is. The antibody cocktail has only been given to 10 people outside of clinical studies.
"The President's case is a case of one, and that's what we call a case report. It's evidence of what happens, but it's the weakest evidence you can get," Schleifer told Face the Nation on CBS .
"The real evidence ... of how good a drug is, and what the average it will do, has to come from these big clinical trials, these randomized clinical trials that are the gold standard," he added.
Trump's doctor Sean Conley said in an unsigned statement on Saturday that the president no longer poses a risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others. But Conley didn't reveal whether Trump tested negative for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that people with severe cases may need to isolate for 20 days. Saturday is only the 10th day since Trump began to experience COVID-19 symptoms, as Conley noted in his memo.
Experts have said that it is still impossible to know whether Trump is no longer a risk to others.
"There is currently no diagnostic test that will tell you whether an infected person will remain infectious," said Benjamin Pinsky, who heads Stanford University's virology labs. "There is absolutely a chain of strangers."
The White House was extremely excited to see the exact nature of Trump's illness and recovery. He plans to continue his campaign rallies this week.
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