Gov. Abbott Announces Plan to Distribute COVID-19 Therapy Drugs, Vaccine
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services will soon begin distributing two new antibody drugs to Texas hospitals that have been shown to help some patients avoid needing to be hospitalized after contracting COVID-19.
The first is a drug from Eli Lilly & Co. called Bamlanivimab. The second is a drug from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. that was used to treat President Donald Trump.
These drugs would be provided to Texas at no cost thanks to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and would be distributed within the next week or two. The treatments are supposed to help keep vulnerable people diagnosed with COVID-19 out of the hospital and safe from the most severe effects the virus could potentially have.
According to Abbott, a vaccine developed by Pfizer that has demonstrated over 90% efficacy in preventing COVID-19 is also expected to be available for distribution in late November.
Not going to lie, y'all: I'm a lil skeppy about this one.
I wasn't alive back in the early 1900s when the Spanish flu hit America and thousands of people were dying because of it.
Then a flu vaccination was developed and life continued.
Fast forward some 70-80 years later to the current pandemic - we are being told a vaccine has been developed, and it's 90% efficient.
I'm not trying to be anyone's guinea pig, so I will wait until thousands of people try it and the results come back great, I mean, what's with the other 9.999%