STBTC part of effort to promote convalescent plasma donations

June 8, 2020

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is part of a new national coalition of plasma companies, healthcare organizations and medical institutions to promote plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients.

“The Fight Is In Us” campaign aims to encourage tens of thousands of recovered patients to donate convalescent plasma. Their plasma typically contains antibodies that can help those fighting the virus.

“The coalition is one more way for the community to help out area patients fighting COVID-19,” said Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, Associate Medical Director of STBTC.

The campaign was announced by Microsoft, one of the members of the coalition, in May. Microsoft is providing the technology for quick screening at the campaign’s website, TheFightIsInUs.org. Potential convalescent plasma donors are directed to locations nearby, such as STBTC, where they can donate.

The CEO of America’s Blood Centers, which represents independent blood donation organizations including STBTC, said ABC was committed to the program.

“(We) are pleased to have the support of Microsoft and other partner organizations in expanding the collection of convalescent plasma throughout the U.S.,” Kate Fry said. “Community blood centers will remain mobilized in assisting the nation's COVID-19 response efforts.”

STBTC began collecting convalescent plasma from COVID-19 survivors in April, as part of an FDA investigational program.

The impetus for the national campaign came from Survivor Corps, a grassroots organization dedicated to fighting the pandemic worldwide. Survivor Corps was founded by Diana Berrent, a recovered COVID-19 patient.

 

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