Gorilla recovering from Covid-19 got the same drugs as Donald Trump

San Diego, California - An elderly gorilla named Winston at the San Diego Zoo has recovered from a serious Corona-19 infection after treatment .

The 48-year-old silverback was diagnosed with pneumonia and heart problems (stock image).
The 48-year-old silverback was diagnosed with pneumonia and heart problems (stock image).  © 123RF / Wendell Clendennen

The San Diego Zoo announced Monday that the 48-year-old silver back gorilla had pneumonia and heart problems in addition to the coronavirus.

Winston was given antibody therapy, heart medication, and antibiotics.

According to the zoo's statement, the attending vets believe that the antibody drugs may have contributed to the animal's recovery.

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As CTV reported, the monoclonal antibodies have been approved for emergency use in the US. They were also used to treat former President Donald Trump (74) when he had Covid-19.

Antibodies used on the gorilla weren't approved for humans

Former president Donald Trump and Melania Trump both had Covid-19 last year.
Former president Donald Trump and Melania Trump both had Covid-19 last year.  © IMAGO / Lagencia

The antibodies used to treat Winston came from a supply that was not approved for human use.

On January 11, several gorillas in Winston's eight-member troop tested positive for coronavirus.

Because Winston was lethargic, had a mild cough, was congested and happens to be an advanced in age, he was examined under anesthesia.

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According to the zoo's statement, all the gorillas are now on the road to recovery. Winston is eating, drinking and interacting with the rest of his troop again.

Monoclonal antibodies are produced in the laboratory and are supposed to disable the virus after an infection.

Cover photo: 123RF / Wendell Clendennen

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