CHICAGO (CBS) — The Meals and Drug Administration has licensed emergency use of an antibody cocktail remedy made by Regeneron. The FDA is saying it’s OK to offer it to some excessive threat sufferers with coronavirus signs. It’s the identical remedy President Donald Trump took when he had the virus.
Regeneron says it’ll have doses for 80,000 sufferers this month and 500,000 by the tip of January.
Medicine like this can not come quick sufficient for hospitals, which have seen a gentle rise of COVID-19 sufferers. Dr. Ernest Wang, chief of emergency drugs at North Shore College Well being System, oversees 5 hospitals, together with in Evanston and Highland Park. He says issues are going to worsen earlier than they get higher and hospitals are already in disaster mode.
Wang says the numbers now are a lot increased than the numbers within the spring. Instances are persevering with to develop, and he anticipates that development will proceed. He’s concern about what this might imply not just for his hospital but in addition for the well being care system as an entire.
“I’m very worried,” he stated. “The whole health system is worried. Patients are coming in more frequent and sicker, and it’s not slowing down. We just have to try and manage the patients. We have not enough staff sometimes to staff the beds we have,” Wang stated.
Illinois is presently reporting greater than 6,100 persons are hospitalized with COVID-19 and almost 600 on ventilators. That quantity is up considerably from simply two weeks in the past.
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