VT: Regenereon is now cleared for others, not just Trump, Carson and Christie except it can’t be used on people who are hospitalized or on oxygen, meaning, “EVERYONE BUT PEOPLE SICK WITH COVID.

It’s ironic to see Republicans touting a cure made with fetal stem cells, a cure they tried to block but now are sequestering for themselves.

Then again, they don’t have any, a drug being rationed for powerful Republican donors and their families.

Washington Post: The day after being discharged from the hospital last month, President Trump enthusiastically endorsed a new antibody cocktail, saying it had been a “cure” for his covid-19. “I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president,” he said in an Oct. 7 video.

That’s not going to happen anytime soon. Frustrated doctors say they have had to ration the Regeneron medication given to Trump, and a similar one by Eli Lilly — if they can get them at all — because of extremely short supply. The government has distributed just 205,000 doses of the drugs so far, at a time when around 170,000 people are being infected by the coronavirus every day.

Nonetheless, patients are clamoring for the medications, in part because of Trump’s comments, as well as testimonials from Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who also got the drugs before they were approved.

“Frankly, the image of Trump coming out of Walter Reed and being better so quickly, I think it really gave a lot of people a false sense of security regarding what a treatment can do,” said Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “The reality is, people who have extra access to the latest and greatest treatments are not your average person. . . . People don’t realize how inaccessible these drugs are.”

In some ways, the story of the antibody treatments is the tale of the U.S. health-care system, which tends to cater to the well-insured and well-connected, especially in providing new treatments.

Scarce supplies also are a defining theme of the pandemic, as shortages of coronavirus tests, personal protective equipment and toilet paper have forced rationing until production catches up. That trend will continue with coronavirus vaccines, which are likely to come online next month.  read more…

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/regeneron-treatment-rationing/2020/11/25/d3339d30-2f50-11eb-bae0-50bb17126614_story.html

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