The State health authorities are exploring the possibility of setting up a Covid-19 blood bank that would collect blood plasma from patients who were cured of the highly contagious novel strain of coronavirus.

The attempts to set up such banks is part of a larger effort by public health experts, doctors and epidemiologists across the country who are trying to explore the efficacy of Convalescent Plasma (CP) therapy in treating Covid-19 patients in India.

The CP therapy is among several therapeutic possibilities that have the potential to fight the novel strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) across the globe. The concept is to collect blood plasma, which contains antibodies, from the individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 and employ them on positive patients and enable them to fight the infection.

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