NY state sending COVID-19 drug to Florida to help fight resurgence: Cuomo

Maya Rajamani
July 10, 2020 - 2:59 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York is sending a shipment of the antiviral drug remdesivir to Florida to help combat the state’s COVID-19 resurgence, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. 

    The state has shipped enough of the medication to Florida to treat 280 COVID-19 patients, Cuomo said in a release. 

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    The federal government is currently working to supply the Sunshine State with the drug, but New York state’s shipment — which is expected to arrive Saturday — will help care for patients until the federal shipment arrives, he said. 

    “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 in a statement. 

    “Today, on behalf of all New Yorkers, we will deploy remdesivir to help Florida care for patients as it waits for further supply from the federal government,” he added.

    Florida reported 93 new COVID-19 deaths and 11,433 new cases on Friday, marking its largest daily increase in positive cases since July 3.