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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.  https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-07-10/injection-prevent-coronavirus-feds-manufacturers-fail-to-act 

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.  https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-07-10/injection-prevent-coronavirus-feds-manufacturers-fail-to-act 

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.  https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-07-10/injection-prevent-coronavirus-feds-manufacturers-fail-to-act 

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.
 https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-07-10/injection-prevent-coronavirus-feds-manufacturers-fail-to-act 


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