Late Friday evening, the White House announced that President Donald Trump did not need supplemental oxygen, and had started taking Remdesivir for his COVID-19.
The White House released a statement from official presidential physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley at 11:34 p.m. on Twitter from the account of press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
“This afternoon, in consultation with specialists from Walter Reed and Johns Hopkins University, I recommended movement of the President up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further monitoring. This evening I am happy to report that the President is doing very well. He is not requiring supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” Conley wrote.
Trump himself tweeted shortly before, at 11:31 p.m., in his second tweet since his diagnosis.
“Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” the president wrote.
Trump’s other tweet Friday evening, posted at 6:31 p.m., was to announce that he was being admitted to Walter Reed in an 18-second video.
“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” Trump said in the video. “I’m going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well.”
“So thank you I appreciate it, I will never forget it,” he added.
Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.
According to the White House, Trump has only shown mild symptoms, including fatigue and fever. Donald J. Trump Jr. told Tucker Carlson on Fox News Friday evening that the president had been taken to Walter Reed out of an “abundance of caution.”
In addition to the Remdesivir, Trump is being given an experimental antibody treatment from Regeneron. The treatment is called REGN-COV2, and though it is still in clinical trials, the drug is being is being administered to the president under the “compassionate use” provision of the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines.
Conley said earlier Friday that Trump was also being given zinc, vitamin D, the acid reflux drug famotidine, sleep aid melatonin and aspirin.
In addition to Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis and Utah Senator Mike Lee have also tested positive for the coronavirus. White House aide Hope Hicks was the first to test positive for COVID-19 this week. All attended Saturday’s nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
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