Blood plasma from coronavirus survivors transfused to first patients in Moscow
The first transfusions of blood plasma from coronavirus survivors into patients have been carried out in Moscow, Deputy Mayor for Social Development Anastasiya Rakova said.
"Today, 11 people who recovered from COVID-19 have donated their blood plasma in Moscow. Seven patients, who are currently undergoing treatment in the city’s clinics, have received the transfusion therapy," TASS cited her as saying.
Rakova said that they are monitoring the developments of colleagues in other countries.
According to a chief specialist in transfusion at Moscow’s Healthcare Department, Andrei Bulanov, it’s well-known that those who recovered from the disease have developed antibodies in their blood that fight infections. But sometimes this process has its peculiarities and any interference with it requires a careful approach.
"It’s important to evaluate which coronavirus survivors will be the best donors. It’s vital to understand at which stage of the disease, in what dose and in what combination with other medications this convalescent plasma will have the biggest effect," Bulanov said.
The Sklifosovsky First Aid Research Institute, hospital number 52 and the Gavrilov Blood Center are involved in the effort to develop and test this technology. The donors’ immunity is studied jointly with the Gamalei National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Other medical institutions could use this technology in the future.