Could COVID-19 survivor blood keep people safe? | CBC Radio

Could COVID-19 survivor blood keep people safe? | CBC Radio

The first wave of coronavirus survivors are helping to fight COVID-19 by donating their antibody-rich plasma for clinical research trials in Canada and abroad. Susan Ormiston reports.

Diana Berrent donates plasma on March 8, 2020, at New York clinic. Her blood shows high antibodies against coronavirus. She can go back every seven days to donate, and says she will. (Diana Berrent)

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As scientists worldwide scramble for COVID-19 treatments and cures, some see promise in antibody-rich plasma of survivors. In Canada and beyond, survivors are donating their blood for new, fast-tracked, clinical trials.

Today, CBC senior correspondent Susan Ormiston joins us from Washington, D.C., to explain why antibody-rich plasma could be useful in the fight against the coronavirus.

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