Nebraska receives shipment of coronavirus treatment drug

State officials announced Wednesday that Nebraska has received an allotment of an antiviral drug that may help people recover from COVID-19 more quickly.
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State officials announced Wednesday that Nebraska has received an allotment of an antiviral drug that may help people recover from COVID-19 more quickly.

Governor Pete Ricketts says the state has received 400 vials of remdesivir from the federal government – enough for approximately 50 patients.

“I think it does add a lot. I think it does give people hope. I think it gives doctors hope too,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, the state’s chief medical examiner. “And I think that is why a lot of doctors want to use it is because they want to give all patients the best chance they have to try and get through.”

Ricketts and Anthone are putting together a team to decide which patients get the medication. It is being reserved for patients with severe symptoms who have been put on ventilators.

 

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