“The convalescent plasma program at Mayo Clinic, which is led by researcher Michael Joyner, M.D., grew from a national initiative of physicians and investigators from 40 institutions who self-organized to investigate the use of convalescent plasma during the COVID-19 pandemic. These institutions include Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, Einstein Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Michigan State University, as well as countless other academic medical centers and government agencies seeking to establish a national convalescent plasma program to modify the course of disease.”
“‘We are pleased to work with our colleagues and the nation to fight this pandemic every way we can as part of Mayo’s patient-focused mission,’ Dr. Joyner says. ‘We believe this program, in extending access to this investigational treatment, is a hopeful therapeutic option. We anticipate a trickle of convalescent plasma for therapy will begin next week, with more available in the following weeks. We also will collect data so we can understand how best to use plasma to treat COVID-19.'”
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