President Donald Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. (Oct. 2)

AP Domestic

President Donald Trump’s doctors are already employing one of the most prominent experimental drugs in the fight against the coronavirus┬áto help shorten his illness.

The president’s physician, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, said in an update on his condition that therapy had begun with the drug remdesivir, which has been authorized for COVID-19 patients by the Food and Drug Administration under an emergency use declaration. Trials showed effectiveness under some circumstances.

“He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” Conley wrote of Trump in the update released through the White House. As a precaution, Trump was flown Friday to Walter Reed Military Medical Center near Washington after testing positive for COVID-19

Unlike hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by Trump earlier in the pandemic as a