- Trump called his coronavirus diagnosis a ‘blessing from God’
- The president shared a five-minute clip where he touted his Regeneron treatment regimen
- He also said he wants to make the treatment available for free to the general public
President Donald Trump on Wednesday uploaded a video on his Twitter account where he called his recent coronavirus diagnosis a ‘blessing from God’ and touted the benefits of an experimental drug treatment he received.
In the nearly five-minute clip, the president — who spoke from the White House Rose Garden — praised his treatment regiment, including the antibody cocktail made by Regeneron, for helping him “feel great.”
“For me, I walked in, I didn’t feel good. A short 24 hours later I was feeling great. I wanted to get out of the hospital,” Trump said. “And that’s what I want for everybody. I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president, because I feel great. I feel, like, perfect.”
“I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise,” he added.
Trump claimed he told his doctors to give him the Regeneron treatment. The president also said he is now convinced that his treatment regimen should be made available for free to the broader public. It is unclear how he planned to make the cost of the drugs free for thousands of patients, The Hill reported.
Regeneron, a New York-based biotech company, made the drug REGN-COV2 that is intended to mimic the human body’s immune system and provide it with molecules to fight off the novel coronavirus.
According to USA Today, REGN-COV2 is currently being tested in people who contracted COVID-19, including those who have been diagnosed with the virus, are symptomatic, but not hospitalized. The drug has yet to receive approval for use in the U.S. or other countries.
The video is the latest attempt from the White House to project optimism after numerous reports alleged that Trump’s coronavirus condition may be severe after he received the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone.
The president covered other talking points in the clip, including his belief that a coronavirus vaccine will soon be ready. He also said he pushed health agencies to speed up their approval processes and claimed China will “pay a big price” for the virus originating there.