Convalescent plasma programme
We are collecting blood plasma from people who have recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) for use in the developments of treatments for vulnerable people most at risk from coronavirus.
Emerging evidence suggests that early use of plasma can be effective when treating those most vulnerable such as the elderly or those with weakened immune systems who do not respond well to vaccines.
This includes more than a million people with blood cancers, organ transplants, chronic diseases and more.
This is because antibodies in plasma stop the virus, they don’t treat the damage it has already done.
We continue to collect plasma for use in future trials and treatments, so that there is a supply ready when it’s needed.
What is plasma?
Plasma is a yellow liquid in your blood that carries red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets around your body.
It also contains antibodies which your body makes when you get an infection. These antibodies help you fight the infection.
Plasma from someone who has recovered from coronavirus may contain antibodies that help fight coronavirus. It is sometimes called convalescent plasma.
People who are struggling to make coronavirus antibodies may benefit from a plasma transfusion.
How you can help
We want to find people who have the highest levels of antibodies in their plasma.
People from these groups are most likely to have high levels of antibodies:
- people from a black or Asian community
- if you tested positive or were treated in hospital for coronavirus
If you are in one of these groups, please consider donating. Your plasma might help save lives.