US President Donald Trump has shared a positive perspective of his coronavirus infection, claiming it was a “blessing from God”.
In a new White House video posted on Wednesday evening, Mr Trump said his illness had shed light on an experimental antibody cocktail that he credited for his improved condition.
Seemingly sensitive to the fact that his treatment is far from that received by average Americans, he promised to swiftly get the drugs approved for use – and for free – even though he does not have the power to order that himself.
“I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president, because I feel great,” Mr Trump said from the Rose Garden.
“I feel great. I feel, like, perfect.
“I think this was a blessing from God, that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it, I heard about this drug, I said let me take it. It was my suggestion.”
He received an experimental anti-viral cocktail made by Regeneron through a “compassionate use” exemption, a recognition of the above-and-beyond standard of care he receives as president.
The safety and effectiveness of the drug have not yet been proven and there is no way for the president or his doctors to know that the drug had any effect. Most people recover from Covid-19.
In the video, Mr Trump also continued to downplay the threat of the virus, promising those who are ill that they are going to “get better fast just like I did” even though more than 200,000 people in the US and more than a million worldwide have died from the disease.