Minister of Health encourages convalescents post COVID-19 to donate plasma

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‘Plasma treatment is a method used in Polish hospitals and I appeal to convalescents to report to regional blood donation and chemotherapy centres’ - said the Health Minister Adam Niedzielski on Wednesday. He explained that this can be done as early as a month after confirmed recovery.

During a joint press conference with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the head of the Ministry of Health called on convalescents to "join the voluntary effort related to the care of seniors" and "to start reporting to regional blood donation and blood therapy centres".

"Each of you can donate blood for therapeutic purposes. Plasma treatment is currently a method used in Polish hospitals and I appeal to convalescents to report to these centres. The conditions that they should meet, i.e. primarily one month after confirmed recovery, and of course, regional centres will make further investigations by carrying out appropriate examinations and tests. But it is very important that we collect this blood from convalescents "- emphasized Niedzielski.

A Polish company Biomed is in the clinical tests phase of a Covid-19 medicine. The basis for the formula is convalescent plasma. The medicine is believed to be the first in the world to effectively treat Covid-19 cases.

The drug has now been approved for non-commercial clinical trials, which are the next stage of research in the project carried out in cooperation with the Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 1 in Lublin. In this step, the efficacy of the therapy will be determined and an appropriate therapeutic dose.

If positive results of high efficacy are obtained and the dosing schedule is approved, the drug will enter the registration phase. Usually, this process takes several months. The drug was created thanks to the voluntary donation of plasma by convalescents, therefore Poles will have priority in purchasing it and choosing a name for the drug.