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DOD: Convalescent Plasma Donors Wanted

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The Department of Defense (DOD) has begun an effort to collect plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to support the development of an effective treatment against the disease.

Donations will be accepted at 15 Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) centers across the continental United States, and in Hawaii, Guam, and Germany.

When a person contracts a virus — in this case, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 — their immune system creates antibodies to fight the virus. These antibodies are found in the person's plasma, the liquid part of blood. Plasma with these infection-fighting antibodies is called "coronavirus convalescent plasma (CCP)." Through the blood donation process, this plasma is collected from a recovered person and transfused into a sick patient who is still fighting the virus. CCP may boost the immune system of the patient and help with the recovery process.

While it is not known for certain that the treatment will be effective, there is anecdotal evidence that suggests it might. CCP therapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an emergency use investigational protocol option to treat patients suffering from COVID-19.

Convalescent plasma donations will help treat COVID-positive patients in DOD treatment facilities. Convalescent plasma may also be pre-positioned with Combatant Commands in the event it is approved for prophylactic use.

Only patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 qualify to be a COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor. To donate blood you must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. A donor must first contact their local ASBP Blood Donor Center before coming in. An appointment will be scheduled, only if a donor meets specific qualifications. Once the appointment is confirmed, the donor must bring the required documentation and undergo the standard plasma donation procedure.

For more information on donating convalescent plasma, see the DOD’s COVID-19 and Blood Donation page, or contact your ASBP Blood Donor Center.

The Department of Defense (DOD) has begun an effort to collect plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to support the development of an effective treatment against the disease.

Donations will be accepted at 15 Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) centers across the continental United States, and in Hawaii, Guam, and Germany.

When a person contracts a virus — in this case, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 — their immune system creates antibodies to fight the virus. These antibodies are found in the person's plasma, the liquid part of blood. Plasma with these infection-fighting antibodies is called "coronavirus convalescent plasma (CCP)." Through the blood donation process, this plasma is collected from a recovered person and transfused into a sick patient who is still fighting the virus. CCP may boost the immune system of the patient and help with the recovery process.

While it is not known for certain that the treatment will be effective, there is anecdotal evidence that suggests it might. CCP therapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an emergency use investigational protocol option to treat patients suffering from COVID-19.

Convalescent plasma donations will help treat COVID-positive patients in DOD treatment facilities. Convalescent plasma may also be pre-positioned with Combatant Commands in the event it is approved for prophylactic use.

Only patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 qualify to be a COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor. To donate blood you must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. A donor must first contact their local ASBP Blood Donor Center before coming in. An appointment will be scheduled, only if a donor meets specific qualifications. Once the appointment is confirmed, the donor must bring the required documentation and undergo the standard plasma donation procedure.

For more information on donating convalescent plasma, see the DOD’s COVID-19 and Blood Donation page, or contact your ASBP Blood Donor Center.