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Texas Health Services sending antiviral medicine to 10 hospitals in RGV

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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)

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas — As Texas continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials are offering additional supplies to highly infected areas.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will distribute 40 cases of the antiviral drug remdesivir to ten hospitals across the Rio Grande Valley.

According to officials, remdesivir has shown promise in early trials in speeding up the recovery time among hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

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.

Medical staff at each hospital will determine how to use the drug.

Hospitals in Cameron County will receive 16 cases of remdesivir, meanwhile, hospitals in Hidalgo County will receive 24 cases.

The State of Texas has distributed 1,425 cases of remdesivir since May 12

“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 Texas Governor Greg 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.”

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