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A relative of U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert greets him Friday during an interview after a new cancer center opened at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. Gohmert, who beat COVID-19, had a mask on the entire day and put it back on after this exchange.

TYLER — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, made headlines in July when he tested positive for COVID-19 during a screening to board Air Force One to visit Midland with President Donald Trump.

On Friday in Tyler, Gohmert said he feels “better than before I had it” and said vaccines and cures are close, but need to be tested more for side effects.

“It would be great if we could get a vaccine or cure, and that will be awesome,” he said. “And I think the possibility from what I am hearing is there, but we don’t want to rush it and have a vaccine that causes us more problems than it fixes.”

Gohmert said once he found out he had COVID-19, he started taking hydroxychloroquine, which originally was used to treat and prevent malaria but also is FDA-approved for treating autoimmune conditions.

“I know there is a lot of reluctance to use hydroxychloroquine and the regime, but I also used the z-pack and zinc and I had a steroid nebulizer prescribed,” Gohmert said.

On Friday, Gohmert wore a mask from the time he parked his car and walked from the parking garage at Christus Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler to an outdoor reception for the hospital’s new cancer wing and back to his car hours later.

The only time he removed the mask was when he did a socially-distanced interview with a reporter.

Gohmert said he’s “glad to be on the other side” and said he gave plasma once and was notified he is eligible to give plasma again.

Trump said he hopes to see a vaccine in October. The CDC this past week said it could be mid-2021 before a vaccine is available.

“They are moving back those dates, and one of the reasons is, from what I understand, they want to make sure the adverse effects may not outweigh the benefits,” Gohmert said. “They want to make sure if there are any bumps in that road at all, they will pause, wait, and make sure it’s not the medication or something else causing the problem.”