By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
China’s Wuhan plans to build a pool of convalescent plasma collected from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, to help more patients.
Wuhan Blood Center will be responsible for the plasma collection, according to sources with the center.
Over the past five months, a total of 1,319 recovered COVID-19 patients have donated 460,000 ml plasma in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province. The city once hard hit by the epidemic has also received 17,500 ml of donated plasma from other Chinese provinces, according to the center.
Since April 10, Wuhan has offered 85,850 ml of plasma to cities and provinces including Beijing, Harbin and Jilin.
Convalescent plasma, processed from the plasma collected from recovered COVID-19 patients, contains a large number of protective antibodies, which studies have proven effective in treating critical cases.
Beijing reported no new confirmed local cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, which means the city had zero new cases for two days in a row, said Xu Hejian, spokesman for the municipal government, at a news conference on July 8.
No new suspected or asymptomatic cases were reported, and 13 people were discharged from the hospital after recovery on Tuesday, according to Pang Xinghuo, deputy head of the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
From June 11 to July 7, the city reported 335 confirmed local cases, of whom 307 are still hospitalized and 28 were discharged from the hospital after recovery, Pang said.
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