Convalescent Plasma Is A Potentially Effective Treatment Option for Patients Hospitalized With COVID 19, According to Early Data

Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who received convalescent plasma demonstrated improved survival and were more likely than matched control patients to remain the same or have improvements in their supplemental oxygen requirements, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published today on pre-print server medRxiv.

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Mayo Clinic receives $26 million from BARDA for COVID-19 convalescent plasma expanded access program

Mayo Clinic was awarded a $26 million contract today from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The financial support is for the Expanded Access Program (EAP) for convalescent plasma to fight COVID-19. Announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 3, the national program, which is led by Mayo Clinic researcher Michael Joyner, M.D., coordinates a national online physician/patient registry (uscovidplasma.org) that speeds access and increases availability of experimental convalescent plasma for hospitalized patients in need.

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Baylor Scott & White Research Institute Exploring Potential Prevention Options, Therapies for COVID-19

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the research arm of Baylor Scott & White Health, is bringing clinical trials online at an unprecedented pace in response to COVID-19. A COVID-19 therapeutic task force of more than 20 multidisciplinary researchers positioned across the state of Texas has been putting their expertise in infectious disease, cardiology, immunology, molecular biology, and other specialties together to explore research opportunities for experimental prevention and treatment options and to develop investigator-initiated studies.

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