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HEALTH | APRIL 27, 2020:
Plasma Therapy has emerged as one of important tools in treatment of COVID-19 patients. Countries like US, UK, China, have started clinical trials of this treatment for patients of COVID-19.
In India, it has been approved for clinical trials on COVID-19 cases by Drugs Controller General of India as per the protocol developed by Indian Council Medical Research.
Plasma Therapy has been used in previous viral pandemics. It was very effective during the Ebola outbreak in Africa in 2018. The basic principle of Plasma Therapy is to use the immune power gained by a recovered person to treat a sick person. In this treatment, blood is collected from a person who has recovered from COVID-19 sickness. Then the virus neutralizing antibodies are separated from the serum after screening.