(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- President Donald Trump announced on Sunday night that the Food and Drug Administration has granted “Emergency Use Authorization” for convalescent plasma as a possible treatment for people suffering from COVID-19.
Convalescent plasma is a liquid found in the blood. It makes up about half of every persons’ blood, and when a person is infected with a virus, the plasma contains antibodies used to help fight off the infection. There have been several studies across the world into whether convalescent plasma from people who have beaten the virus can be used to help people currently suffering from the virus, and while many of those studies are still ongoing, the FDA has approved it as a treatment in emergency use cases.
“This is a powerful therapy that transfuses very, very strong antibodies from the blood of recovered patients to help treat patients battling a current infection,” President Trump announced. “It’s had an incredible rate of success. Today’s action will dramatically expand access to this treatment.”
Trump said that the work is only possible because of “Operation Warp Speed,” a plan put in place by the president and his administration to ensure scientists are working as quickly as possible to come up with treatments for the virus, and to complete a vaccine in record time.
“We’re years ahead of approvals. We would be, if we went by the speed levels of past administrations, we’d be two years, three years behind where we are today, and that includes in vaccines that you’ll be hearing about very soon, very shortly,” he said during a White House press briefing.
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The FDA announced that they have issued an “emergency use authorization (EUA) for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19.”
The agency said that the decision was made “based on scientific evidence available” and that they have concluded the product may be effective in treating patients with the virus. They also said that they understand the “potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.”
It means that while the use of plasma is not yet known to help people with COVID-19, the evidence suggests that it could do and that it is safe enough to use. Of course, you can expect the Democrats to get mad about this. Anything that happens on Donald Trump’s watch is bad, no matter whether it could save American lives.