President Trump claimed on Wednesday that catching the coronavirus was “a blessing from God” and portrayed as a miracle cure the unproven therapeutic drug he was given after testing positive last week for the virus.
The president’s statement, in a video released early Wednesday evening
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT! pic.twitter.com/uhLIcknAjT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
In the video released Wednesday night, President Trump , whose skin appeared darkened by makeup
said he had discovered, without evidence, a new drug that suddenly made him feel better and could do the same for everyone else with Covid-19.
“I call that a cure,” said Mr. Trump, adding that everyone should have access to the not-yet-approved drug
for “free” and that he would make sure it was in every hospital as soon as possible.
According to New york Times , hours after the video was released,
Regeneron said it was asking the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization to make the drug available.
The company has received more than $500 million from the federal government to develop
and manufacture its experimental treatment as part of “Operation Warp Speed,” the federal effort to come up
with viable vaccines and treatments for the virus, in order to help distribute it once it is available.
But although Mr. Trump had said hundreds of thousands of patients would soon have access to the cocktail,
Regeneron said in a statement that it would initially have only enough doses for 50,000 people.
“I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it,” Mr. Trump said,
apparently referring to the fact that he had learned about the benefits of the drug as a result of becoming ill.