Trump Takes Dose Of Antiviral Remdesivir As Coronavirus Treatment

Daniel ChaitinOctober 4, 20204min

President Trump took a dose of remdesivir after doctors recommended he take the antiviral drug as a treatment for COVID-19, the White House announced late Friday evening.

White House physician Sean Conley issued his second memo of the day just before midnight to provide an update on the president hours after he was flown from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“This evening I am happy to report that the president is doing very well. He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” Conley said.

Around the same time, Trump sent his first tweet from Walter Reed, saying, “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”

Remdesivir is an antiviral drug from Gilead Sciences that was approved for treating COVID-19 patients under an emergency use authorization.

Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 nearly 24 hours ago, after it was revealed White House aide Hope Hicks had contracted the coronavirus.

Conley said in his initial memo Friday afternoon that Trump was “fatigued but in good spirits.” He also said Trump, 74, was being treated with an experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail and was taking zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a daily aspirin.

Melania Trump, Conley said, “remains well with only a mild cough and headache.”

Other members of the Trump family tested negative for COVID-19, as did Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence.

Additional people in Trump’s orbit, including former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and a couple of GOP senators, all three of whom attended Trump’s nominating ceremony of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last weekend, were revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Barrett tested negative for COVID-19, as did former Vice President Joe Biden, who debated Trump in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday.

Author : Daniel Chaitin

Source : Washington Examiner : Trump takes dose of COVID-19 drug remdesivir