Infectious disease expert: Plasma treatment for COVID-19 shows ‘excellent results’

As the global coronavirus death toll approaches 6,000, public fear continues to increase.

However, one doctor says that there may be some good news in the form of a brand new treatment breakthrough. 

Plasma therapy

Known as the “Virus Hunter,” Dr. W. Ian Lipkin works at Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity. On Thursday, he told Fox Business that “a very prominent medical journal” is about to publish a paper showing that “ten out of ten patients treated with plasma from patients who’ve recovered from COVID-19 had excellent results.”

“This is the first news, not the last, by any means, that suggests that there may be a therapy that’s very useful” Lipkin said to host Melisa Franci. He went on to say that “we could have treatments in four weeks that could begin to save lives.”

However, the physician admitted, “We’re gonna have to get approval through the FDA, and we’re gonna have to get approval of institutional review boards associated with our individual institutions.” Still, Lipkin said he is “confident” that the necessary action will be taken.

Lipkin wasn’t alone in trumpeting good news. According to The Daily Wire, Canada’s Sunnybrook Research Institute has managed to “successfully isolate the agent behind the novel coronavirus.”

It added that this breakthrough “will help researchers in Canada and across the world develop better diagnostic testing, treatments, and vaccines, and gain a better understanding of SARS-CoV-2 biology, evolution, and clinical shedding.”

“While the immediate response is crucial, longer-term solutions come from essential research into this novel virus,” the institutes’ Dr. Samira Mubarek declared.

Trump takes charge

For his part, President Trump laid out on Friday what his administration would be doing to address the crisis. “We’re taking several decisive new actions in our very vigilant effort to combat and ultimately defeat the coronavirus,” Trump said.

“We had some very old and obsolete rules that we had to live with that worked under certain circumstances but not under mass circumstances,” the president continued.

“They were in place a long time and we’re breaking them down now, and they’re very usable for certain instances, but not for this.”

Trump finally declared the long-awaited national public health emergency saying that the decision “will open up access to up to $50 billion of very important and a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease.”

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