Chinese doctors using plasma therapy on coronavirus, WHO says "very valid" approach

Ref: This is Money
  • Doctors in Shanghai are using blood plasma infusions from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat those still battling the infection, with some "encouraging" preliminary results, as reported in This is Money.

  • Lu Hongzhou, co-director of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre, said the hospital had set up a special clinic to administer plasma therapy and was selecting patients who were willing to donate, adding "we are positive that this method can be very effective."

  • Meanwhile, one senior emergency expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) says the strategy is a "very valid" approach to test, but that it was important to get the timing right to maximise the boost to a patient's immunity.

  • Mike Ryan, head of the WHO's health emergencies programme, said "it is a very important area of discovery, and I believe they are starting trials on that in China. But it is a very valid way to explore therapeutics, especially when we don't have vaccines and we don't have specific antivirals."