BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday that Louisiana received more supplies of the experimental drug said to help coronavirus patients recover faster.

The governor announced at a news conference that the state had received its third shipment of Remdesivir. In total, the state has been allocated more than 8,000 vials of the drug.

Earlier this month, the federal government approved emergency use of the drug on COVID-19 patients. Studies showed those given the drug were able to leave the hospital in 11 days on average versus 15 days for other patients.

Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge has also partnered with the manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, to provide the drug to some of its patients.

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