MALATYA, Turkey

A university in eastern Turkey has begun using blood plasma for the passive immunization of novel coronavirus patients.

“Treatment started yesterday [Sunday] by collecting plasma from a patient who has recovered from the novel coronavirus and subsequently tested negative,” said Ahmet Kizilay the rector of Inonu University in Malataya province.

Pointing to China’s reported success with this method, Kizilay said in a statement: “For the first time in Turkey, the Turgut Ozal Medical Center in the university took plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients with the plasmapheresis method and applied it to another patient who is under intensive care

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