CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will provide eight cases of Remdesivir for two Corpus Christi hospitals.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott made the announcement Saturday.
“As Texas faces an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we remain committed to providing healthcare professionals with the resources they need to respond to this surge and support COVID-19 patients,” said Abbott. “The State of Texas is grateful to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their continued assistance to equip Texas hospitals with Remdesivir. As we continue to combat the virus, Texas remains committed to keeping our communities healthy and safe.”
Remdesivir has shown it can speed up the recovery among some hospitalized COVID-19 patients in early clinical trials.
"Preliminary results from a clinical trial showed the average recovery time among patients who received Remdesivir was 11 days versus 15 days with a placebo," said a press release.
The hospitals that will receive the medicine have not been made public.
The DSHS was given the medicine by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which as given to them as part of a donation from drug maker Gilead.