Coronavirus: Donald Trump promises to make the COVID-19 ‘cure’ he had free for all Americans | US News

Donald Trump has promised that the treatment he received for coronavirus will be offered to Americans for free.

In a new video posted on Twitter, the president said: “I want to get for you what I got – and I’m going to make it free. You’re not going to pay for it.

“It wasn’t your fault that this happened, it was China‘s fault. China’s going to pay a big price for what they’ve done to the world.”

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Elsewhere in the video, Mr Trump said he disagreed with the characterisation of the treatment manufactured by Regeneron as therapeutic – and said he thought of it as a “cure”.

There is no evidence that the experimental antibody treatment – which Mr Trump received on Friday, before being airlifted to the Walter Reed Medical Center – is the reason for his apparent recovery.

Questions have also been raised about Mr Trump’s ties to Regeneron. According to a financial disclosure report released in June 2017, the president owned stock in the company.

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Once he was admitted to Walter Reed, the president was given remdesivir, a drug that once offered hope in the treatment of Ebola.

“I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president, because I feel great,” he said. “I feel perfect. This was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise.”

The tweet came hours after he returned to the Oval Office, despite the fact that he is still recovering from COVID-19.

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In the video, he said: “When I went in, I wasn’t feeling so hot. They gave me Regeneron and it was like unbelievable – I felt good immediately.”

The president added that he is now trying to get Regeneron’s treatment, and similar drugs, on an emergency basis.

“We have hundreds of thousands of doses that are just about ready,” he said. “I have emergency use authorisation all set and we’ve got to get it signed now – and you’re gonna get better, you’re gonna get better really fast.”

Mr Trump added that securing approval for these drugs was “much more important to me than the vaccine”.

He also claimed that politics is getting in the way of a vaccine becoming available for public use before the election.

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Mask off: Trump back at White House

Earlier on Wednesday, White House doctors said Mr Trump has had no COVID-19 symptoms for the past 24 hours.

He has been fever-free for more than four days and has not needed or received any supplemental oxygen, White House physician Sean Conley added.

His physical exam and vital signs “all remain stable and in normal range”.

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