US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — New York State hospitals began testing the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients on Tuesday.
This was announced at a press conference on Tuesday by state governor Andrew Cuomo. A press conference was broadcast from the state capital of Albany by CNN.
“We are testing a new drug of hydroxychloroquine,” the governor said. “We are starting this test today. US President Donald Trump and the leadership of the Food and Drug Administration have accelerated the delivery of this drug to New York, and hospitals will start using this drug today ”
In addition, he said, the Food and Drug Administration approved a pilot procedure for the New York State Department of Health in which plasma of the infected coronavirus, which has antibodies, will be administered to patients struggling with the disease.
“This is done in the expectation that antibodies will help to resist the disease,” Cuomo explained. “We also apply a new testing procedure, during which we determine whether a person has developed antibodies to fight coronavirus.”
According to the governor, the state has identified more than 25.5 thousand cases of the disease.
According to Johns Hopkins University, which calculates based on information from federal and local authorities, more than 46 thousand cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the United States, nearly 600 people have died. More than 50% of infections occur in New York, Washington, and California.
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