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Fauci says 'reasonably good chance' Regeneron antibody therapy helped Trump

Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, testifies during a U.S. Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing to examine COVID-19, focusing on an update on the federal response at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 23, 2020. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top U.S. infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s health was likely helped by an experimental therapy made by Regeneron Inc in which he received antibodies to fight the disease.

“There is a reasonably good chance that in fact it made him much better,” Fauci said during an interview on MSNBC.

Fauci also said that the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 210,000 people in the United States and 1 million people globally, is far more serious than the seasonal flu.

“There is no doubt about that,” Fauci said when asked about President Trump’s tweet comparing the disease to the seasonal flu. Twitter took down the tweet.

Reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama