According to health experts, with the pandemic situation becoming increasingly complicated, the use of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients should be considered as a potential new therapy that is capable of treating patients, especially those who endure rapid progression and suffer from severe illness.
Furthermore, ensuring the safety of plasma donors remains a top priority to preventing the rise of SAR-CoV-2 and other infections for patients, health workers, and the wider community.
In line with the possibility of plasma donations being a potential treatment solution, the Health Ministry has approved research into using plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients as a means of treating the growing number of infected cases nationwide.
Those who are eligible to donate plasma are former COVID-19 patients who have fully undergone a 14 day recovery period. As of August 4 a total of five volunteers had registered to donate their plasma, with the process similar to that of giving blood, including a doctor.
The initial batch of collected plasma will be allocated to patients in Da Nang following the central city recording 192 infections after a recent outbreak.
The use of the plasma, a liquid component of blood, to treat the COVID-19 is being tried in some European nations, China, and the Republic of Korea.
As plasma treatment has yet to be utilised in the nation, it is necessary for local medical establishments to evaluate its use.
Whilst there is no vaccine or standard treatment for COVID-19, experimental drugs such as antiviral, ARV, and anti-helminthic drugs have failed to be proven effective. Therefore, it is hoped that the use of plasma will save the lives of critically ill patients.
Elsewhere, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Kinh, former director of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, said the strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus that has been found to be spreading in Da Nang is a genetically mutated strain that has invaded the nation from abroad.
This marks the sixth SARS-CoV-2 virus strain detected in the country, with the mutated strain having the ability to spread faster, although there is no evidence of virulence transformation, Dr. Kinh added.
Under fresh guidelines, the Ministry of Health outlines that in addition to entering the respiratory tract, the virus is able to attack all internal organs in the body, including the respiratory tract.