Billionaire tech icon and philanthropist Bill Gates says it is “inappropriate” to refer to the experimental coronavirus monoclonal-antibody treatment that President Donald Trump received earlier this month as a “cure.”
“The word ‘cure’ is inappropriate, because it won’t work for everyone,” Gates said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. However, Gates also admitted that he believes the treatment administered to the president is likely the “most promising” of all the experimental coronavirus treatments currently in development.
For his part, President Trump has touted the experimental antibody cocktail he received from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals this month as “a cure” for Covid-19. However, Regeneron CEO Leonard Schleifer has been careful not to endorse those claims, arguing that more testing is required and that the treatment’s apparent success with the president is “the weakest evidence you can get” of whether it is, indeed, an effective cure.