When Trump and Giuliani got COVID, they were treated with a drug cocktail unavailable to most people

Donald J. Trump, wearing a mask, emerges from the front door of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to board Marine One for a return trip to the White House after receiving treatment for a COVID-19 infection. October 5, 2020, Bethesda, Maryland. Photo by Chris Kleponis / Pool/Sipa USA

Rudy Giuliani is the most recent recipient of the same antibody treatment President Trump got, which has limited doses available. The president’s advisor Chris Christie seemingly jumped to the head of the line for a different antibody treatment. And Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said President Trump personally cleared him for a treatment. It’s seemingly effective. Giuliani is already out of the hospital. So why can’t everyone who’s sick with COVID get this treatment?

Credits

Guest:
Arthur Caplan - professor of Bioethics at NYU’s NYU's Langone Medical Center

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Angie Perrin, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Bennett Purser, Nihar Patel