WHO Cautious On Covid-19 Plasma As US Issues Emergency Authorisation

A WHO official says evidence on using recovered coronavirus patients’ plasma as Covid-19 treatment remains “low quality”.

GENEVA, August 24 — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday was cautious about endorsing the use of recovered Covid-19 patients’ plasma to treat people who are ill, saying evidence it works remains “low quality” even as the United States issued emergency authorisation for such therapies.

“There are a number of clinical trials going on around the world looking at convalescent plasma compared to the standard of care,” Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, said.

“Only a few of them have actually reported interim results…and at the moment, it’s still very low-quality evidence,” she told a news conference. — Reuters

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