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FDA Approves Use of Blood From Survivors to Treat COVID-19

FDA Approves Use of Blood From Survivors to Treat COVID-19”

The therapy, known as convalescent plasma, takes advantage of the virus-fighting antibodies that are present in people's blood after they recover from the illness, according to NBC News. Researchers would then harvest antibodies against the new coronavirus from the plasma, and these antibodies would then be injected into people sick with COVID-19. "If you knew that, you know who is now immune to the virus and could be sent back to work". "It's only a trial".

Elsewhere, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said this week that the state department of health would be conducting its own trial of convalescent plasma.

NY is now the U.S. epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 25,000 reported infections and over 210 deaths.

The Food and Drug Administration will allow doctors across the country to begin using plasma donated by coronavirus survivors to treat patients who are critically ill with the virus under new emergency protocols approved Tuesday.

The FDA said on Tuesday that It is possible that convalescent plasma contains antibodies to the coronavirus and might be effective against the infection.

"It's a trial for people who are in serious condition, but the New York State Department of Health has been working on this with some of New York's best health-care agencies, and we think it shows promise, and we're going to be starting that this week", he said. When studied in other respiratory infections, including the 2003 SARS epidemic and 2012 MERS epidemic, varying results were reported. "It is therefore important to determine through clinical trials, before routinely administering convalescent plasma to patients with COVID-19, that it is safe and effective to do so".

The FDA is not approving using plasma as a treatment, instead using it as a clinical trial and for the treatment of those who are critically ill.

Dr Arturo Casadevall, an immunologist at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, has also advocated this method for over a month.

The FDA also said it is working with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop larger protocols for use by multiple researchers to coordinate the collection and use of COVID-19 plasma.



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