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FDA issues emergency authorization for coronavirus convalescent plasma treatment

FDA issues emergency authorization for coronavirus convalescent plasma treatment

“Operation Warp Speed” continues, as administration is considering fast tracking an experimental vaccine developed in the U.K.

The Food and Drug Administration has just issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus.

Convalescent plasma treatment utilizes the antibody-reach blood plasma of those who recovered from a infection with the Wuhan Coronavirus, as those antibodies are still capable of destroying more virus. Doctor harvest the plasma and purify it to isolate those antibodies, which are then injected into another patient sick with Covid-19.

Shortly the FDA authorization was issued, President Donald Trump announced the developments and the bacground associated with this move during a Sunday afternoon news conference.

The authorization allows convalescent plasma, which is used in an experimental treatment involving blood plasma transfusions from people who have developed antibodies to the new coronavirus, to be distributed by healthcare providers to treat people with COVID-19. Blood plasma has been used to treat other infectious diseases.

“This is a powerful therapy that transfuses very, very strong antibodies form the blood of recovered patients to help treat patients battling a current infection,” Trump said.

Trump cited a $48 million Mayo Clinic study that demonstrated the case fatality rate dropped by 35% for patients, and was more effective for those under 80 years old who were not on a ventilator.

The patients were treated in different ways in hospitals around the country as part of an FDA program designed to speed access to the experimental therapy. That so-called “expanded access” program tracks what happens to the recipients, but it cannot prove the plasma — and not other care they received — was the real reason for improvement.

Administration officials, in a call with reporters Sunday, discussed a benefit for patients who were within three days of admission to a hospital and were not on a respirator, and were given ‘high-titer’ convalescent plasma containing higher concentrations of antibodies. They were then compared to similar patients who were given lower-titer plasma. The findings suggest deaths were 35% lower in the high-titer group.

Trump was joined in the press conference by United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.

Azar notes that 100,000 American entrolled in the expanded access program, and 70,000 participated to provide the data used in the assessment. There was a request that those interested in donating go to and check the section on Plasma Donation.

During the press conference, Trump address a question as to whether he was placing pressure on the FDA to make the move for political reasons.

It appears that Trump wasn’t the only one worried about the speed of the FDA’s response, either.

In response the the reporter’s query, Trump noted that a “log jam broke last week”. He inidacted that it was his opinion the authorization was being held-up for political reasons, highlighting “Every day is lives”.

Additionally, Trump hinted at his low opinion of most media.

That assessment was shown to be warranted, given that the last question from one of the “reporters” was a nit-picking question as to whether over the difference between “siginificant development” and “promising effectiveness”.

Trump clearly intends to continue “Operation Warp Speed” at its current pace, as the administration is considering fast tracking an experimental vaccine developed in the U.K. for use in this country.

One option being explored to speed up the availability of a vaccine would involve the US Food and Drug Administration awarding “emergency use authorisation” (EUA) in October to a vaccine being developed in a partnership between AstraZeneca and Oxford university, based on the results from a relatively small UK study if it is successful, the people said.

The AstraZeneca study has enrolled 10,000 volunteers, whereas the US government’s scientific agencies have said that a vaccine would need to be studied in 30,000 people to pass the threshold for authorisation. AstraZeneca is also conducting a larger study with 30,000 volunteers, although the results from that will come after the smaller trial.


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And just like that, every Leftist was promptly against yet another medical procedure that saved lives. I swear, Trump could come out in favor of breathing, and every one of these nitwits would suffocate within hours.

I would like to see him issue orders for HCQ and Ivermectin more…

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One of the reasons this will work (besides the fact that the antibodies do indeed work) is that we have an increasing number of people who have recovered from COVID and a smaller number of people being infected. The logistics work in our favor: even if only 5% of the recovered people donate plasma, we should have enough to treat the hospitalized patients these days.

This is good medicine and good public policy.

    alaskabob in reply to stevewhitemd. | August 24, 2020 at 11:58 am

    During the Eboli crisis in Africa, one of the nurses fell ill and on death’s doorstep… gamma globulin from a recovered patient saved her. At the time, they called this “radical” which only meant that they hadn’t kept up with past medical history…duh.

    Gamma globulin has also been used during the flesh-eating epidemic and worked well. Here, the pooled globulin contained anti-bodies from predominately older people who had fought off infections before the era of abuse of antibiotics.

    Since it works and Trump acknowledged it.. it must be terrible and risky.

As a believer in herd immunity, I have spent many hours over the last 6 months not trying to avoid getting Covid. So guess what, I neither had antibodies at my last blood donation in July and was not covid positive after they swabbed the back of my eyeball during my recent pacemaker adventure. I am starting to question whether this virus in fact exists. As a double-digit gallon O-neg donor you would think that they would have people coughing on me continuously. So I tried to be a part of this, but apparently God has other plans for me, again.

    gospace in reply to MajorWood. | August 24, 2020 at 2:05 am

    I was negative for antibodies 9 weeks ago. Just donated again- waiting on results. If I’ve had it- it was completely asymptomatic.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to MajorWood. | August 24, 2020 at 5:46 am

    I get the eyeball swab tomorrow as prep for surgery Thursday. About blood: no matter how hard I study for a blood test, the best I can get is a B+.

The FDA thinks its job is delay, even in the midst of a pandemic.

The UK vaccine is a little ahead because they were already developing a vaccine against SARS-CoV1, which has the same spike protein as SARS-CoV2.

Still, it is amazing how much US companies like Moderna have closed the gap to offer viable alternatives with newer technologies that may prove to be the future of vaccines.

Why is an expensive vaccine still being pushed instead of HCQ?

Convalescent plasma treatment – and then “inject it”
a vaccine by any other name is still a vaccine!

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