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Donald Trump announces emergency authorisation of plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients
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Donald Trump announces emergency authorisation of plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients

The push-on Sunday came a day after Trump tweeted sharp criticism on the process to treat the virus, which has killed more than 1.7 lakh Americans and imperiled his reelection chances

Months into COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say strong hints of blood plasma helping other patients recover
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Months into COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say strong hints of blood plasma helping other patients recover

They say that there is no solid evidence that blood plasma actually fights COVID-19 and, if it does, how best can it be used.

COVID-19 Global Roundup: Over 1.5 million cases, US and UK see record number of deaths in a day, death toll of doctors reaches 100 in Italy
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COVID-19 Global Roundup: Over 1.5 million cases, US and UK see record number of deaths in a day, death toll of doctors reaches 100 in Italy

COVID-19 Global Roundup: Over 1.5 million cases, US and UK see record number of deaths in a day, death toll of doctors reaches 100 in Italy There are now over 1.53 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the world, and nearly 89,800 people have lost their lives to it. At the same time, over 340,000 people have recovered from the disease as well.  Spain reported 683 deaths on Wednesday, which was slightly lower compared to previous days

Drugs and therapies that show the most promise against COVID-19
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Drugs and therapies that show the most promise against COVID-19

WHO’s SOLIDARITY trial is a massive study that will look at four pre-existing drugs that have shown some action against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

How blood plasma from survivors could help COVID-19 patients
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How blood plasma from survivors could help COVID-19 patients

Using the blood plasma of a survivor to treat a disease is called ‘passive therapy’ and has been around for over a century.

Chinese docs use plasma from people recovered from coronavirus to treat those still battling the illness
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Chinese docs use plasma from people recovered from coronavirus to treat those still battling the illness

WHO said that this was a “very valid” approach but that it was important to get the timing right to maximize the boost to a patient’s immunity.

Blood from Ebola survivors may treat the deadly virus: Reports
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Blood from Ebola survivors may treat the deadly virus: Reports

While there are no drugs available to treat Ebola, the new approach involves transfusing patients with blood plasma donated by survivors, which contains antibodies against the virus.