A trial has begun to test if plasma rich in antibodies from the blood of those who have recovered from COVID-19 could be the key to fighting the virus.
Blood is taken from a volunteer’s arm and then returned to the body once the liquid, known as convalescent plasma, has been removed.
If it proves successful, seriously unwell patients would receive a transfusion of the fluid to help their body fight the virus.
If effective, a scaled-up national programme would provide up to 10,000 units per week, enough for 5,000 patients.
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