Governor Abbott sending Remdesivir to Midland, 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 (Yourbasin) – Remdesivir will soon be distributed to hospitals in Midland and Odessa to battle COVID-19.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services will send three cases of the antiviral drug.

Doctors and medical staff at the local facilities will then determine how and when to use the remedy in line with the guidance from the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.

“The State of Texas is working swiftly to ensure our hospitals and medical providers have the resources they need to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19,” Gov. Abbott said in a statement. “I thanks our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for sending these cases of remdesivir to the state of Texas. Not only will this drug treat patients throughout the state, but it will especially bolster out mitigation and treatment efforts in communities experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases.”

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