President Trump on Thursday joined public health officials to encourage Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their convalescent blood plasma to be used as a potential treatment for the virus.
Delicate ways of doing things it's had tremendous response so far we've had it's an effort to excel to really accelerate new therapies and further reduce mortality. Blood plasma, which is the material that's left after red and white blood cells have been removed, is rich in antibodies and may help those who have been exposed to the coronavirus who are at high risk of infection.
If you are healthy and able, we suggest you contact the agency at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment to donate. Malcolm Perry and second-year linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel boarded OneBlood's Big Red Bus on Thursday to donate their convalescent plasma.
"We've seen that this is a safe treatment and we're encouraged by the early promising data that we've seen", Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn said during a roundtable discussing the coronavirus.
This can be transfused into newly infected patients to try to aid recovery, and since the beginning of the pandemic, doctors have been transfusing convalescent plasma into critically ill COVID-19 patients. He briefly saw a man who had recovered from the virus donating plasma. The organization is also testing all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibodies, and those who test positive for the antibody will be eligible to become COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors. He traveled to North Carolina on Monday to tout progress on vaccine development.