New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he would send COVID-19 Remdesivir to Florida as the state battles a resurgence of positive cases of the new coronavirus.
Cuomo said Friday that New York will send “enough Remdesivir” for Florida to treat the “280 COVID-19 patients” in need of treatment, which is expected to arrive by Saturday.
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The Cuomo office noted that Florida had requested additional supplies of remdesivir from the federal government, which is also expected to arrive in the state this weekend.
“When New York climbed the COVID mountain without end in sight and resources were scarce, we were incredibly moved by the generosity of the states of the country who mobilized to provide supplies and medical personnel in our time of need” Cuomo said in a statement on Friday.
“Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of the people of New York – and with the help of these states – we have bent the curve,” said Cuomo, praising the “continued discipline” of his state, which he said helped keep New York’s numbers “low and stable.” ”
“I said at the time that we would be of service if and when other states needed help,” said Cuomo. “Today, on behalf of all New Yorkers, we will deploy Remdesivir to help Florida care for patients while awaiting additional federal funding.”
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He added, “We will stand with our fellow Americans every step of the way as our nation fights COVID-19 together.”
Remdesivir is currently only approved for SARS-CoV-2 in Europe and Japan, but the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency approval for the use of the investigational drug in early May.
Gilead Sciences said on Friday that its experimental treatment for the coronavirus, remdesivir, had shown that it reduced the risk of death in patients with severe COVID-19 infections.
“In this review, remdesivir was associated with improved clinical recovery and a 62% reduction in the risk of mortality compared to standard of care – an important finding that requires confirmation in prospective clinical trials”, Gilead said in a press release.
Meanwhile, Cuomo, along with three state governors Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Phil Murphy of New Jersey, issued a joint travel advisory, requiring that people traveling to the state region experience an increase in positive cases of the new coronavirus self-quarantine for 14 days.
The notice includes Florida.
At this point, people traveling from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah will be self-quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
The criteria for states with a high infection rate are 10 infections per 100,000 population on a seven-day moving average, or 10% of the total population of the infected state on a seven-day moving average. According to Cuomo, Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma are now reaching this threshold.
Florida reported 11,433 new positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the state total to more than 244,000 since the start of the pandemic.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this report.