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Desantis on Covid -19 therapuetics & vaccines

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In his Nov. 19, 2020, COVID-19 update, Governor Ron DeSantis provided information on a new COVID-19 therapeutic by Eli Lilly and the two COVID-19 vaccines that are pending FDA approval.
“I know there’s been a lot of discussion about the vaccines and rightfully so… but I think the new therapeutic that was developed by Eli Lilly and is approved for emergency use by the FDA is also very significant. The treatment is a monoclonal antibody cocktail it’s administered through an IV takes about an hour for the IV to be administered and then an hour to observe the patient afterward. It’s best used for people who are at high risk of severe complications from COVID- 19 and the key is to deliver the IV as soon in the infection as possible. So this will be people who maybe show up to an emergency room are developing symptoms, but are not yet at a critical state,” DeSantis remarked.
He stated that clinical trials found a 70% reduction in hospitalized patients who utilize this treatment and there is a similar cocktail being developed by the company Regeneron.  The Regeneron cocktail received emergency use authorization by the FDA on Saturday, Nov. 21.
The state has surveyed all hospitals in Florida to determine demand and sent that information to the federal government.  Using this information the Department of Health and Human Services has sent over 3000 Eli Lilly doses to Florida hospitals.  They plan on sending out a similar amount every week for the foreseeable future, DeSantis explained. 
Five Florida hospitals have been identified as the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to their ability to store the vaccine at extremely low temperatures. (The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at -70 degrees Celsius.)  The hospitals are Tampa General Hospital, Jackson Memorial in Miami Dade, Advent Health in Orlando, UF Health in Jacksonville, and Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County.
Desantis remarked the Moderna vaccine does not require storage at extremely low temperatures, so it could potentially provide more flexibility.
Pending FDA approval, Desantis estimates that the vaccines should be delivered to the designated hospitals in Florida within 3-6 weeks.
“And the good thing about this is millions of doses are ready to ship as we speak. Soon as the FDA approves they will then go out within the next 24 hours and we expect our hospitals hopefully to receive these within the next three to six weeks. It’s all contingent on when the FDA approves.” 
Nationwide, DeSantis reports that by the end of December, pending FDA approval, there will be roughly 40 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available. 25 million for Pfizer and 15 million from Moderna. “Each individual requires two doses so that would mean there be enough vaccine for 20 million Americans by the end of December,” DeSantis remarked.

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