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Trump credits coronavirus therapeutics, wants to make them more widely available

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks out the front doors of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after a fourth day of treatment for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to return to the White House in Washington from the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday, credited Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc REGN.O and Eli Lilly and Co LLY.N therapeutics for his recovery and said he wanted to make them more widely available.

“I felt good immediately,” Trump said in the video. “We have Regeneron, we have a very similar drug from Eli Lilly and they’re coming out, and we’re trying to get them on an emergency basis. We’ve authorized it. I’ve authorized it. And if you’re in the hospital and you’re feeling really bad, I think we’re going to work it so that you get them and you get them for free.”

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Leslie Adler

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