DOD begins effort to collect plasma from COVID-19 survivors

Posted at 11:01 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 23:01:03-04

WASHINGTON - The Unites States Department of Defense has begun to collect plasma from COVID-19 survivors.

The DOD says they have begun the effort to collect more than 8,000 donated units of plasma from patients who have recovered from coronavirus to support the development of an effective treatment against the disease.

Donations will be accepted at 15 Armed Services Blood Program centers across continental United States, and in Hawaii, Guam and Germany.

Collected plasma will be available for treatment of COVID-positive patients in DOD treatment facilities who meet established criteria and in accordance with approved protocols.

Only patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 qualify to be a COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor.

For more information on COVID-19 safety measures and eligibility to donate plasma, click here.

To contact your closest ASBP Blood Donor Center for more information, click here or call 757-953-1717.

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