Trump Calls On Recovered Americans to Donate Blood Plasma to Combat COVID-19
President Donald Trump and public health officials on Thursday encouraged Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their convalescent blood plasma to help combat the disease.
“More than 2 million Americans have recovered from the virus, and today we’re asking them to visit Coronavirus.gov and volunteer to donate plasma. We need plasma,” Trump said at a press conference on the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
“It’s something that’s been very effective, and we need plasma from those that were infected and successfully recovered, as most people do. Most people do,” he added.
Plasma-based treatment has the potential to give antibodies to patients affected by the virus and is “potentially game changing,” according to a statement from the White House. The statement noted that donors can give plasma multiple times.
Convalescent plasma has become the first widely available antibody-based therapy for the CCP virus, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to evaluate the efficacy of the treatment.
A large study of the first 20,000 adults who were hospitalized with severe life-threatening COVID-19 and have received transfusions of convalescent plasma found the investigative therapy to be safe. The study which was part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) national Expanded Access Program, was reported in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
“We’re encouraged by the data; we’ve seen that this is a safe treatment. And we’re encouraged by the early promising data that we’ve seen. And as the President mentioned, we’re studying these data to determine, ultimately, the safety and efficacy of this product,” Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn said during a roundtable on donating plasma.