United States President Donald Trump has been symptom-free for 24 hours, and his vital signs are in the normal range, his doctor said on Wednesday.
Trump was hospitalized for COVID-19 complications over the weekend. The president finally made his first return to the Oval Office. The formal Marine guard was commissioned outside the building, a sign that the state’s head was inside.
In a video posted to Twitter later, Trump obliged outside the Oval Office to promote the cutting-edge medicine he was treated with. He said he “wasn’t feeling so hot” when he went to the hospital, but “they gave me Regeneron … It was, like, unbelievable, I felt good immediately.”
Trump, who was given an experimental antibody cocktail created by drug-maker Regeneron, said he wanted to authorize the treatment through an emergency use authorization.
“I want to get for you what I got and I’m gonna make it free,” Pres. Trump said.
Continuing there were “hundreds of thousands of doses that are just about ready.” “That’s much more significant to me than the vaccine,” Trump stated, looking energetic. It is unclear to what degree the approval process for new medicines can be expedited up.
“I think this was a blessing from God that I caught” the coronavirus, he said, calling the therapeutic a “cure.”
Trump earlier tweeted that he had been briefed on a Hurricane Delta and had spoken with Louisiana and Texas’s governors, two states that might get hit.
The president is likely still infectious, having first reported symptoms on Thursday. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows informed journalists that there are “safety protocols” for the Oval Office.
“The president continues to work. He’s in very good health; we are pleased with his progress,” Meadows said numerous hours before Trump went to his desk. The timeline of the president’s infection with coronavirus continues a mystery, in part as the White House refuses to disclose what it knows.
After a busy week in which he hosted a massive Rose Garden ceremony to announce his Supreme Court pick, Trump tested positive on Thursday, held campaign events, and engaged in the first presidential debate.
In addition to Trump, several White House staff, campaign aides, and Republican lawmakers have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the end of last week – including people who were at the Rose Garden and on his debate background team.
Talking to reporters, Brian Morgenstern, the deputy communications director for Trump, declined to reveal when the president last had a negative coronavirus test. “We’re not asking to go back through a bunch of records and look backward,” Morgenstern said. His boss, Kayleigh McEneny, is currently in quarantine after having tested positive.
After he left the hospital following a three-night stay, Trump appeared without a mask on the White House’s Truman Balcony on Monday evening. The president has kept up a steady deluge of tweets on a wide range of topics, including retweeting several random accounts that had posted complimentary comments on him.
Trump desires to compete in next week’s debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the second face-to-face leading up to the November election. Biden has insisted that Trump be virus-free. Since being discharged from the hospital, Trump has returned to comparing the coronavirus with the seasonal flu as he continued to downplay the pandemic and push for economic reopenings.
More than 211,000 people have died from the coronavirus since March in the U.S., by far overshadowing annual figures on flu deaths.