on Monday launched convalescent plasma therapy-cum- trial project for
of critical Covid-19 patients with a state medical education department official calling it the largest initiative of its kind in the world.
Convalescent plasma therapy, also called passive antibody therapy, seeks to obtain plasma from the blood of people who have recovered from the infection to inject into patients undergoing treatment.
"The project, titled 'Platina', is the largest convalescent plasma therapy-cum-trial project in the world. With it, we intend to save lives of some 500 critical Covid-19 patients. The trial will be held in 17 medical colleges under
the department of medical education
and drugs, and four BMC- run colleges in Mumbai," the official said.
All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml convalescent plasma free of cost, he added.