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breaking news - Trump to announce emergency authorization of convalescent plasma as 'breakthrough' COVID treatment:

 
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breaking news - Trump to announce emergency authorization of convalescent plasma as 'breakthrough' COVID treatment:
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President Donald Trump will make an announcement Sunday evening about a “major therapeutic breakthrough” on the coronavirus—reportedly an emergency authorization of convalescent plasma as a treatment.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the news conference would be at 5:30 p.m. "Very good news!" he wrote.

Two sources told CNN that the announcement is "expected to be about an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19," according to CNN's Ana Cabrera.

The Washington Post also reported that Trump would announce an "emergency approval of convalescent plasma" as a treatment for COVID-19, citing sources.

The FDA says convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from the coronavirus. COVID patients develop antibodies in their blood against the virus that could potentially help current patients battle the disease.

"Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 because there is no approved treatment for this disease and there is some information that suggests it might help some patients recover from COVID-19," the FDA says.

The White House wants the FDA to approve blood plasma authorization. On ABC's “This Week” Sunday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said, "This president is about cutting red tape."

“We really need to make sure that we have good science and the proper protocol,” Meadows said. “But we also can’t wait around and assume that this virus is going to go away. This president wants real results and that’s why he took to Twitter.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted late Saturday that Trump would make the announcement with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn.





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