Kenya is set to begin treatment of patients who are moderately ill with Covid-19 with blood plasma from recovered patients.

Covid-19 survivors are left with blood plasma, the liquid portion of the blood, that contains antibodies used to help fight infection.

The health ministry says that it is developing a protocol that will allow experts to use this component of blood.

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“Under this study experts will be exploring the possibility of taking the blood of someone who has recovered from Covid-19 and trying to use it as medicine for those who have moderate illness,” the ministry’s chief administrative secretary Mercy Mwangangi said.

Globally, there are more than 80 trials recruiting Covid-19 patients to study the effect of convalescent plasma – blood from recovered patients.

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South Africa is also testing this therapy.