Trump hails his COVID 'cure' as leading medical journal calls him 'dangerously incompetent' on pandemic
President Trump continued to praise experimental monoclonal antibody treatment as a "cure" for COVID-19, telling conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh in an interview on Friday that it would speed his recovery from the disease and would be "better than a vaccine."
"I was not in good shape, but we have a drug that cured me, that repaired me," said Trump of the antibody "Cocktail" made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. "It's great medicine. I recovered immediately."
Ever since he was discharged Monday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he received three days of treatment after being admitted with a high fever, chills, and difficulty breathing, Trump has often referred to the antibody therapy, which he called " Remedies "Had" For COVID-19. There is no known cure for the disease caused by exposure to the coronavirus, and the FDA has not yet approved the drug's use to treat COVID-19.
Just as he did with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which he took in May as a prophylaxis against COVID-19, the President did not hesitate to describe Regeneron's “cocktail” as brightly as possible.
“We have a cure. More than just a therapeutic, you have a cure, "Trump said of the antibody treatment, adding," This is better than a vaccine. "
Both Regeneron and drug maker Eli Lilly have published limited studies showing that monoclonal antibody treatments can reduce the viral load of COVID-19 in patients who have not been hospitalized for the disease. Trump's claims about the drug have not been proven in any study, and he has been on other drugs, including remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone, since testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, October 1.
On Tuesday, Trump voiced his frustration with the Food and Drug Administration over drug manufacturers' compliance with safety protocols slowing the availability of a vaccine until after the November 3rd election.
Perhaps the central theme in the presidential election is Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and during his two-hour phone call with Limbaugh, the president again complained that he hadn't received enough praise for his administration's efforts to slow the spread of the virus.
"We did such a good job on the pandemic. We get zero credit," Trump said.
President Trump arrives at the White House on Monday after returning from Walter Reed's medical center. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images)
By Friday afternoon, at least 7.6 million Americans had tested positive and at least 213,000 had died from COVID-19, far more than any other country.
On Thursday, the New England Journal of Medicine broke a precedent by publishing an editorial for the first time in its history calling for a president to be voted out. Editors disagreed that Trump "did such a good job on the pandemic".
“We know we could have done better. China, facing the initial outbreak, opted for strict quarantine and isolation after an initial delay. These measures were serious but effective. They essentially eliminated transmission at the start of the outbreak and brought the death rate down to 3 per million compared to more than 500 per million in the US, ”the editorial said. “Countries like Singapore and South Korea, which had far more extensive exchanges with China, started early with intense testing, aggressive contact tracing, and adequate isolation, and had relatively small outbreaks. And New Zealand has used the same measures along with its geographic advantages to get close to eradicating the disease, which has allowed this country to limit the time of closure and largely open up society to a prepandemic level. In general, not only have many democracies outperformed the United States, but they have outperformed us by orders of magnitude. "
While Trump again promised Friday that his administration would bring the antibody drug to hospitals so that COVID-19 patients could get it "for free," he did not provide details on how the expensive treatment would be funded. He also did not update the status of a possible emergency FDA approval for the drug, simply saying that he had already "signed" it.
Founded in 1812, the New England Journal of Medicine is considered perhaps the world's leading medical journal, publishing research on drugs, research, and medical treatment. After reviewing the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic, editors concluded that the president's leadership was "dangerously incompetent".
“When it comes to responding to the greatest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have shown that they are dangerously incompetent. We shouldn't favor them and allow the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs, ”the editorial stated.
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