Another Remdesivir case headed to Odessa

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FILE – In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, a vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. Given through an IV, the medication is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (Gilead Sciences via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – More Remdesivir is heading to Odessa, according to a release from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office Tuesday.

One additional case has been shipped to Medical Center Hospital, marking the fourth to be sent to the Permian Basin.

“By allocating additional cases of remdesivir to communities across the state, Texas is prioritizing the health and recovery of our fellow Texans,” Gov. Abbott said in a statement. “It is imperative that we continue to equip Texas medical providers with the supplies they need to respond to COVID-19, and I am grateful to our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their continued assistance in providing cases of remdesivir.”

The additional resource could prove useful as cases spiked in the Permian Basin over the weekend. More than 30 cases were confirmed Monday in Midland and Odessa alone.

Local health officials called Monday’s number the highest spike seen locally to date.


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