Pharmaceutical Regeneron applied for permission to make its monoclonal antibody therapy available to the entire population.
The biotechnology company Regeneron, owner of the monoclonal antibody treatment that US President Donald Trump has received during his convalescence from coronavirus, asked the US drug regulator for an emergency authorization so that his therapy is available to the entire population.
Regeneron’s shares opened this Thursday with a rise of 2.4% after the announcement and Trump saying on Wednesday that Regeneron’s antibody cocktail was the main responsible for his improvement after testing positive for Covid-19 and defining it, not as “therapy”, but as “cure”, even though there is no scientific evidence to support that conclusion.
Regeneron asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the REGN-COV2 antibody, which the president received during his stay at Walter Reed military hospital between Friday and Monday, obtain authorization from the fast track until there is enough data to receive permanent authorization.
The biotechnology company said in a statement that once the authorization is guaranteed, “the (US) government has committed to making doses available to Americans at no cost and will be responsible for their distribution.”
Regeneron indicated that currently has doses for 50,000 patients, but he hopes to have enough available to treat 300,000 patients “in a few months.”
The United States, where more than 211,000 people died from Covid-19, has more than 4 million active cases (infected fewer recovered and deceased) of coronavirus today, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Trump received an 8-gram dose of an antibody cocktail from Regeneron shortly after his positive was confirmed and even though its use was not authorized by the FDA.
In a video posted on his social media on Wednesday, the US president said he wants his treatment, which also included five doses of the antiviral Remdesivir (authorized by the FDA) and steroids, to be available to all Americans.
“I got sick, I heard about this medicine (Regeneron). I said, ‘let me take it.’ That was my suggestion and the good work was incredible. I want for you what I had and I’m going to do it for free, you won’t have to pay for it “, assured the president in his message spread by Twitter, while he tries to be healthy in the last stretch of the presidential campaign.