(AbsoluteNews.com) – For months, President Donald Trump has had the nation’s top scientists working on “Operation Warp Speed” to develop treatments for COVID-19. On August 23, he announced a major milestone: the FDA approved an emergency authorization for a coronavirus treatment.
During a press conference on Sunday night, the president and FDA Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, announced the authorization of ‘convalescent blood plasma’ treatment. Trump said the therapy, which takes antibodies from recovered patients and infuses them into the sick, has “an incredible rate of success.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar explained they’ve seen about a “35% mortality reduction” with the treatment when given to patients early in their treatment.
"We dream in drug development of something like a 35 percent mortality reduction. This is a major advance."@SecAzar explains the findings from clinical studies on plasma as a treatment for COVID-19: pic.twitter.com/1FS7nh7Ifs
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 23, 2020
The new treatment is welcome news for millions of Americans who have spent months worrying about COVID-19. More than 170,000 people have died from the virus as of August 24, and if this therapy prevents just one more death, it’s a success.
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