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A donor at Delhi's plasma bank, which was launched last Thursday | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

ICMR says no, but here’s why doctors are still keen on plasma treatment for Covid patients

The ICMR chief has said plasma therapy could be removed from the Clinical Management Protocols for Covid. But doctors continue to prescribe it saying it produces genuine results.
Representational Image | A medical worker collects sample for Covid-19 testing | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Busting Covid myths on plasma therapy and remdesivir, and what India’s falling numbers mean

In episode 602 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta analyses India's declining Covid numbers, and explains the science behind remdesivir and plasma therapy.
The administration of plasma therapy at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Here is why the ICMR study that found plasma therapy ineffective on Covid is being questioned

ICMR did not look for presence of neutralising antibodies, which fight off infection, as tests to detect their presence were unavailable when the study was launched in April.
A donor at Delhi's plasma bank, which was launched last Thursday | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

ICMR sets sights on horse sera for Covid as therapy with human plasma found ‘ineffective’

The principle behind employing horse sera is similar to that of regular plasma therapy, but ICMR says using animals can help achieve standardised antibody-rich plasma.
A donor at Delhi's plasma bank, which was launched last Thursday | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Plasma therapy ineffective in reducing Covid-19 mortality, ICMR study says

The PLACID study by ICMR, involving 464 participants in 39 hospitals, is the first and the largest randomised control trial on Covid-19 to be completed in the world.
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US NIH experts say not enough data to back plasma therapy for Covid

At a White House press briefing, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn and President Donald Trump had claimed convalescent plasma therapy could cut deaths from coronavirus by 35%.
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Ex-Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, suffering from Covid, given plasma therapy as health deteriorates

The condition of the 85-year-old former CM deteriorated due to a sudden fall in oxygen saturation levels. Gogoi had tested positive for Covid on 25 August.
Stephen Hahn, commissioner of food and drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), | Bloomberg

‘Deep state’ FDA is taking a beating as review of Covid vaccine approaches

At a time when the FDA needs the public’s trust more than ever, the US agency has been dragged into the political fray in a series of compounding incidents.
A medic works on Covid-19 samples (representational image) | Photo: PTI

Gujarat-based firm gets govt nod for phase 2 trial of Covid drug made from plasma

Drug hyperimmune globulin is manufactured by pooling plasma from recovered Covid patients. Unlike plasma transfusions, the benefit of the drug is it doesn't require blood type matching. 
Stephen Hahn, commissioner of food and drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), | Bloomberg

US FDA rows back on plasma therapy, says it doesn’t give dramatic benefit to Covid patients

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn had said Sunday that blood plasma from Covid-19 survivors given to new patients could save huge numbers of lives.

On Camera

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Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
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