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Scientists have devised a way to use plasma of COVID-19 survivors to inoculate people against the virus.

But federal officials have twice rejected requests to discuss the idea, and pharmaceutical companies have declined to design or manufacture the shots. 

Scientists, including an 83-year-old shingles researcher and an HIV gene therapy expert, have garnered widespread support from blood and immunology specialists for an upper-arm injection that they say could protect people from the virus for months. 

Using tech that’s been proven effective in preventing other diseases, the injections would be administered to high-risk healthcare workers, nursing home patients, or even at public drive-through sites — potentially protecting millions of lives. 

But the idea exists only on paper, though there is little disagreement that it holds promise.

The dispute is over the timing. Federal officials and industry groups say plasma-based therapies should focus on treating people who are already sick. 

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