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Russian scientists ready to develop coronavirus cure from survivors’ blood in 30 days
Some 500 ml of coronavirus survivor’s blood plasma is needed to make a cure
Scientists from Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine are ready to develop a coronavirus cure, based on coronavirus survivors’ blood, in 30 days, the Institute press service said.
500 ml of coronavirus survivor’s blood plasma is needed to make a cure. The medicine is expected to be administered intravenously. The scientists believe that this medicine will be completely sterile and non-pyrogenic. To develop the medicine, the scientists need 6 million rubles ($76,482) in funding.
In late December 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. To date, more than 850,000 people have been infected worldwide and over 42,000 deaths have been reported.
So far, a total of 2,777 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 190 patients having recovered from the illness. The country’s latest data indicates 24 fatalities nationwide.