The Amsterdam UMC had previously succeeded in obtaining two powerful antibodies against the coronavirus from the blood of ex-corona patients.
30,000 kilos of plasma
Blood Bank Sanquin has therefore been instructed by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) to collect 30,000 kilos of blood plasma from ex-corona patients. This requires ‘very many’ donors, Zaaijer says in the newspaper.
Earlier, scientists told RTL News to be ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the antibodies in the blood of ex-corona patients.
For example, virologist Gorben Pijlman from Wageningen University said that such a short-acting or ‘passive’ vaccine can be useful for, for example, healthcare personnel who are more likely to be infected. But he doesn’t expect it to be available to everyone. “It is not an injection of a few euros.”