March 23, 2023

Confusion mounts over Trump's true condition after doctor's Covid briefing – live

Source reported to be White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says Trump’s next 48...

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Scientists still lack conclusive proof that the two anti-Covid drugs given to Donald Trump are clinically effective.

UK researchers point out that both medicines – remdesivir and REGN-COV2 – have still to complete the large-scale, randomised trials needed to demonstrate fully their ability to counter Covid-19 in patients. And many have criticised US authorities for their failures to carry out such trials. This has undermined efforts to find effective medicines to treat people affected by the disease.

Related: Anti-Covid treatments being given to Trump are still unproven, say experts

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Many people are looking at Dr Sean Conley’s role in today’s confusion. While he is Trump’s doctor, and his loyalties lie with the president, the American public are also entitled to be given information on the health of their commander-in-chief, particularly this close to the election. Conley was evasive during the briefing – and while answering questions afterwards – and contradictory reports later on Trump’s condition means we are still not sure of the president’s status.

a campaign-style evasion from the person Americans are supposed to trust as an apolitical authority on the president’s health

Doctors, Nurses and ALL at the GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center, and others from likewise incredible institutions who have joined them, are AMAZING!!!Tremendous progress has been made over the last 6 months in fighting this PLAGUE. With their help, I am feeling well!

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