President Trump is now being treated with an experimental antibody drug called REGN-COV2 after testing positive for the novel coronavirus and the White House said he is experiencing “mild symptoms.”
White House physician Sean Conley wrote in a memo released to reporters on Friday afternoon saying: “He’s being evaluated by a team of experts and together we’ll be making recommendations to the president and first lady in regards to next best steps.”
The New York biotechnology firm’s treatment, called REGN-COV2, is still in clinical trials, but Regeneron released an update this week that early results found it reduced viral levels and improved symptoms for non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients, mainly those given the 8-gram dose. The clinical trial was based on the results of a trial of 275 volunteers.
REGN-COV2 is one of several possible coronavirus treatments that have received federal funding for development and manufacturing.
“We are highly encouraged by the robust and consistent nature of these initial data, as well as the emerging well-tolerated safety profile, and we have begun discussing our findings with regulatory authorities while continuing our ongoing trials,” Regeneron’s chief scientific officer George Yancopoulos said in a statement.
According to the parent company, REGN-COV2 is made of two synthetic, monoclonal antibodies and was developed specifically to treat the virus that causes COVID-19.
They said pre-clinical studies done on animals found that the drug also minimized long-term damage to the lungs.
REGN-COV2 is just one of several coronavirus treatments in late clinical trials but not yet released for the broader public.
Conley also said in his memo that President Trump is taking zinc, vitamin D, the acid reflux drug famotidine, sleep aid melatonin and aspirin as well.
President Trump in the meantime will be working from the presidential offices over at Walter Reed for the next few days, the White House announced late on Friday saying it is, “out of an abundance of caution.”
It’s unclear if First Lady Melania Trump is taking the same treatment as Conley only said that she “remains well with only a mild cough and headache.”
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