Coronavirus: Plasma shot could protect people against virus for months

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Coronavirus Australia Updates: Indigenous health groups in the dark over COVID-19 plan for Melbourne workers
Coronavirus Australia Updates: Indigenous health groups in the dark over COVID-19 plan for Melbourne workers

A Los Angeles Times report says that researchers are working on an upper-arm injection that would deliver antibody-rich blood plasma of COVID-19 survivors to provide potentially months of protection from the virus.

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The approach is similar to one used for other diseases like hepatitis A and could be widely available across the United States, the Times reported.

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However, the proposal has received push back from the federal government and pharmaceutical companies, who argue efforts in plasma-based therapy should focus on treating sick people rather than preventing infection, the Times report says.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci told the newspaper that the research was promising but more work is needed to show that coronavirus antibodies work.

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