National Endorsements

Nurse who got sick treating COVID-19 patients returns to donate plasma

April 20, 2020
“Sheila Julich, a nurse in Washington state, was among the first Americans to be diagnosed with the coronavirus. Now she’s using her own battle with the disease to help other patients. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports for TODAY.”

Recovered From Coronavirus? Here’s How You Can Help

April 12, 2020
“Once a person recovers from Covid-19, his or her blood contains antibodies in its plasma that can fight the virus. Those antibodies can be extracted from a donor’s blood and given to a severely ill patient via transfusion, with the hope that the donor’s antibodies will help the patient recover.”

Dr. Joyner and Convalescent Plasma on the TODAY Show

April 6, 2020
“At hard-hit Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, the National Convalescent Plasma Project may offer hope to coronavirus patients. , NBC senior investigative and legal correspondent Cynthia McFadden takes an exclusive look on TODAY.”

FDA Supports Effort To Develop COVID Treatment From Plasma Of Recovered Patients

April 3, 2020

“The idea is fairly straightforward: patients who have recovered from the virus must have mounted a robust immune response to the infection. Sharing the antibodies from that immune response that linger in their plasma could help others recover.”

Coronavirus Survivors Keep Up the Fight, Donate Blood Plasma to Others

April 1, 2020

“I feel obligated to help now that I am on the other side of it.”

NBA players who've beaten COVID-19 to donate blood for new treatment

March 31, 2020

“At least four NBA players who have recovered from COVID-19 plan to donate blood for an experimental treatment that could help high-risk patients overcome the virus.”

20/20 Coronavirus Special with Diane Sawyer

March 30, 2020

“We believe this is the best chance we have for a disease modifying treatment in the short term,” says Dr. Mike Joyner of Mayo Clinic in this 20/20 special with Diane Sawyer.

FDA approves emergency plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients

March 30, 2020

“When individuals recover from coronavirus, they have in their blood antibodies – the proteins that kill the virus. The idea is to have them donate plasma after they get better, and that plasma can be used to treat people with the disease.”

America Needs Plasma From COVID-19 Survivors Now

March 28, 2020

“The way to do this at scale is a national network that connects donors, patients, and their doctors. Such an effort began in late February, when Arturo Casadevall, an immunologist at Johns Hopkins, published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal suggesting the use of convalescent plasma for COVID-19. He started connecting interested doctors, virologists, immunologists, and blood-banking experts, who all came together to launch the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.”

Local Endorsements

Miami Mayor first to donate plasma for state of FL

April 3, 2020

“I have a moral responsibility to do this. My plasma donation has the potential to help a coronavirus patient recover,” says Miami mayor who is Florida’s first COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha talks about her coronavirus diagnosis, donating plasma

April 2, 2020

“I only shared my diagnosis because I want others who are recovering to be able to do something good with it, like donate the plasma for a possible treatment”

MSU doctor looking at old-school treatment for COVID-19

April 2, 2020

“Dr. Paneth is working with Johns Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic to find plasma donors across the country.”