The State of Louisiana, one of the states hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is receiving a much-needed shipment of 8,000 tablets of the antibiotic azithromycin from Teva pharmaceuticals, an Israeli drug company, the State’s Attorney General Jeff Landry first told the Sara Carter Show Monday. Additionally, Teva will send 75,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine sulfate, Attorney General Landry shared during Monday’s press conference with Governor John Bel Edwards.
“We actually will be meeting with the Governor. We’re gonna announce where we have been able to procure 8,000 dosages, Z-Paks, from Teva Pharmaceuticals. And we’re gonna get those in Louisiana hopefully by tomorrow,” the Attorney General told Carter.
It’s a sign of hope for Louisiana, however, it’s not “a silver bullet,” he noted.
The drug, coupled with anti-malaria pill hydroxychloroquine, is a cocktail used to treat many patients diagnosed with the coronavirus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of hydroxychloroquine last month after it showed signs of success in early clinical trials.
“Teva has donated more than 10 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets through wholesalers to hospitals across the U.S. and the company is extremely pleased that the people of Louisiana will benefit from this significant contribution. We continue to assess additional ways to address current national need while focusing on our commitment to continue to supply more than 10% of the nation’s medicines to patients who need them,” Teva spokesperson Kelly Dougherty said of the news.
Last week, the FDA authorized the Louisiana State University Medical School to conduct a clinical study after receiving 400,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine from Amneal Pharmaceuticals. The pills have already been delivered to over 100 locations across the state, according to a press release from the Attorney General’s office.
“We have seen some promising results in some patients. For me, anytime that we can find a treatment that has some sort of positive result, every patient we keep off of a ventilator is another ventilator that we have for someone else,” Landry said.
He added, “So we’re hoping that this will bring some much needed relief into the state at this time.”
As of Monday, there are 14,867 confirmed cases of the virus and 512 reported deaths.
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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.
Folks, vaccination requirements work. pic.twitter.com/XuBsOQxGaN— President Biden (@POTUS) October 9, 2021
Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.
Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”
Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.
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