President Donald Trump announced on Twitter early Friday morning that he and Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday afternoon, an update from the White House doctor stated that he had “received a single dose of 8 grams of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail.”
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A statement from his spokesman, Kayleigh McEnany, said that out of caution, he will be working from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the next few days.
What is Regeneron Polyclonal Antibody Cocktail?
Promising first results of a trial with this experimental antibody cocktail were only published last Tuesday. The study suggested that the Regeneron polyclonal antibody cocktail reduced virus levels in people who received it, and also reduced their symptoms. A CNN report on the study explains that the combination of two antibodies in this cocktail serves to stop the virus from replicating by fighting it in two different ways. It also quotes Jennifer Gommerman, a professor of immunology at the University of Toronto, saying that the antibody cocktail “shortens the length of time patients are sick”.
“There is some promising early data to show that this reduces severity and sometimes prevents hospitalizations,” says Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “I don’t think it’s unusual for him to be given,” he says.
How can you get this Regeneron Antibody Cocktail?
You can’t do that yet. It has not yet been approved by the FDA, but Bloomberg reports that Regeneron has confirmed that “it provided a single dose of the drug for Trump’s use after the President’s doctors received a” compassionate use “request.”
In addition to Regeneron, numerous companies are racing to provide antibody treatments for COVID-19 (Eli Lilly, for example, recently announced positive news about his antibody drug).
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