The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) in the US has launched a new Covid-19 therapeutic antibody infusion centre in Livingston.

The centre started accepting new patients, and has monoclonal antibodies to treat outpatient cases of Covid-19 referred by the doctors.

In partnership with local partners including Polk County, CHI St. Luke’s Memorial – Livingston, and Polk County Office of Emergency Management, treatment will be offered to patients for free of cost.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: “The State of Texas is continuing to expand access to Covid-19 antibody therapeutics in communities across the Lone Star State.

“This new facility in Livingston will ensure East Texans who test positive for Covid-19 have access to this free and effective treatment.”

Over the past several months, Abbott, TDEM, and the Texas Department of State Health Services opened new antibody infusion centres in communities across Texas.

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The Covid-19 antibody infusion treatment is claimed to help in stopping the further deterioration of the patient’s condition and requiring hospital care.

The establishment of such centres is expected to increase bed capacity in hospitals and serve most ill patients.

Texas is said to have implemented similar measures in the state since last November.

The state-sponsored infusion centres are an addition to the infusion treatment centres provided by over 200 private hospitals across the state.

In the coming days, more antibody infusion centres are being planned across the state that offer free treatment to Texans who test positive for Covid-19 and have a doctor’s referral.

Last month, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced the launch of new Covid-19 antibody treatment facilities to relieve the growing burden on the state’s healthcare system.