New York-based President of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Dr George Yancopoulos, was among those given preferential access to COVID-19 testing at the start of the pandemic by Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to a report.
The company has reportedly requested testing from the state on behalf of Yancopoulos and his family after a member of the household fell ill.
The family was tested at home last March, according to the New York Times, at a time when testing supplies were sorely lacking.
Spokesmen for Regeneron and the governor’s office did not return Fox News’ request for comment. The company is the maker of a monoclonal antibody drug therapy that it says can reduce hospitalizations or deaths from COVID-19 by 70% in outpatients.
As noted by the publication, Regeneron announced on April 1, 2020 that it would donate 500,000 COVID-19 test kits to the state amid the nationwide shortage.
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As previously reported by Fox News, the impeachment inquiry conducted by the New York State Legislature will examine whether those close to Governor Cuomo have been given preferential access to testing supplies. It will also examine allegations of sexual harassment and the treatment of nursing home patients during the pandemic.
The Albany Times Union reported Thursday that senior officials in the Cuomo administration had been urged to prioritize testing on the governor’s parents and others with ties to the administration.
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In addition to some of Cuomo’s relatives, the publication reported that Rick Cotton, executive director of the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, and his wife, as well as Patrick J. Foye, chief of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, were among these. prioritized.
Samples from these priority people were taken to a lab with instructions for immediate processing, according to the New York Times.
New York was the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States at the start of the pandemic, and the state struggled with an intense increase in cases of the virus for months.