New York Sending Shipment Of COVID-19 Drug Remdesivir To Florida

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that New York State will send the COVID-19 medication Remdesivir to Florida to help with its surge of cases.

Cuomo said Florida is waiting for a further supply from the federal government and New York will provide enough Remdesivir to help the state care for 280 COVID-19 patients until the federal shipment arrives.

"When New York was climbing the COVID mountain with no end in sight and resources were scarce, we were incredibly moved by the generosity of states around the country that stepped up to provide supplies and medical personnel in our time of need," Cuomo said. "We will stand by our fellow Americans every step of the way as our nation fights COVID-19 together." 

New York's shipment of the medication will arrive in the Sunshine State on Saturday.

Early studies have shown Remdesivir shortens recovery time for severely ill coronavirus patients and is the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it had secured 500,000 treatment courses of the drug from Gilead Sciences for American hospitals through September. 

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