Trump tells Rush Limbaugh he 'might not have recovered' from COVID-19 without Regeneron antibody cocktail

President Donald Trump speaks to talk radio host Rush Limbaugh at a rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on November 5, 2018. JIM WATSON / AFP via Getty Images
President Donald Trump said during an interview with talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday that he was skeptical that he would recover from COVID-19.
Trump said he recovered "immediately, almost immediately" and then added that he "may not have recovered from COVID at all" had it not been for an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron.
Limbaugh, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February, hosted Trump for a "virtual rally".
"I was not in good shape," Trump said elsewhere, despite previously claiming he did not need to go to hospital for treatment.
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President Donald Trump said Friday he was early concerned about his COVID-19 prognosis and told talk radio host Rush Limbaugh that he believed an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron had turned things around.
"I was not in good shape," Trump told Limbaugh, who he bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in February.
But the president said he "made an instant recovery, almost immediately". He added that he "may not have recovered from COVID at all" had it not been for the antibody cocktail.
Trump's comment was at variance with the way he had presented his COVID-19 diagnosis and insisted he only go to the hospital as a precaution.
Trump coughed and cleared his throat during a call-in interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday night.
Trump's coronavirus status remains unclear and the White House is refusing to disclose when he last tested negative.
During Friday's interview, Limbaugh once noted that Trump had carried on for an hour and 40 minutes without pausing or gathering his thoughts, arguing the president had recovered.
Trump also falsely suggested that the therapeutics he was taking were a "cure" for the coronavirus. It's also not clear what role the experimental drug played in his recovery, as it was one of at least three coronavirus treatments he received.
The interview, touted as a "virtual rally," was the president's third long convocation interview in two days. Trump has not appeared on camera since leaving the hospital on Monday, save for a few videos posted on his White House Twitter account.
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