Gov. Edwards: Louisiana getting only drug approved for COVID-19

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is getting the only drug approved to treat COVID-19.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. | Source: AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

The governor said Friday that a new shipment of remdesivir means the state will have received enough of the drug to treat about 1,200 patients.

He said it is being sent to all hospitals with at least five COVID-19 patients - 47 at present.

Edwards said other hospitals can request the drug if they feel a patient would benefit.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared emergency use of remdesivir for severely ill people. 

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