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Mayo validates COVID-19 plasma treatment as public seeks vaccine


January 14, 2021

Glen Stubbe • Star Tribune file

Research by the Mayo Clinic validates using a plasma treatment for COVID-19 amid widespread vaccine shortages.

Donor plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can reduce deaths in others if given early and at high enough doses, Mayo Clinic researchers found.

The discovery validates one of COVID-19's only known treatments, which will be relied on until an increase in vaccinations snuffs out the global pandemic, said Dr. R. Scott Wright, a coordinator of Mayo's national COVID-19 plasma therapy program.

"I think it behooves the medical community to continue to innovate and test therapies for treatment. Realistically, we're months away from having a substantial number of people vaccinated," Wright said.


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