İrem UZUN -TDO- The UK is planning to collect blood from COVID-19 survivors, hoping that it could be used to treat COVID-19 positive cases. It is thought that the antibodies present in a survivor’s blood may help coronavirus patients to recover.
NHS Blood and Transplant is asking some people who recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood so they can potentially assess the therapy in trials. “We envisage that this will be initially used in trials as a possible treatment for COVID-19. If fully approved, the trials will investigate whether convalescent plasma transfusions could improve a COVID-19 patient's speed of recovery and chances of survival. All clinical trials have to follow a rigorous approval process to protect patients and to ensure robust results are generated. We are working closely with the government and all relevant bodies to move through the approvals process as quickly as possible,” an official statement from the organization says.
Plasma treatment have already been started to be used in some countries as a potential alternative for COVID-19 treatment. The U.S. has started a major project for plasma treatment, which involves more than 1,500 hospitals countrywide. In China, doctors have started using the century-old method to treat patients. Moreover, Italy, Qatar, Germany, and France have also trialed the method.