By Obegi Malack
Covid-19 has hit many countries around the world, 17.3 million people have been infected with 10.1 million recoveries and 673,000 have died as by July 31, 2020.
The impact of the pandemic is turning lives upside down across the world and currently, no vaccine or specific treatment is available and many nations are in a race in finding the cure or vaccine.
People who have recovered from COVID-19 have been donating their plasma to researchers to find out if use of plasma to cure other patients works.
Those who have recovered from COVID-19 develop natural defenses to the disease in their blood (antibodies). Antibodies are found in part of the blood called plasma.
Plasma from the recovered patients contain antibodies which can be transfused to the next people who get sick, helping boost their immune system, researchers are still gathering evidence to definitively show it works.
South Korea is speeding up the development of a treatment for COVID-19 and plasma donation had become a challenge.
Lee Man-hee founder of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus and chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) requested recovered members to donate their plasma, which is badly needed for coronavirus research. Members of the church were advised to donate voluntarily.
Hyun Sook Yoon Chairwoman of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) says 4,000 of the infected and now cured saints of Shincheonji Church of Jesus and HWPL members have agreed to donate their blood plasma for treatment research.
This is because there was lack of the donated blood, the donation of plasma from the church members is of great help in the development of a treatment.
“Currently, in accordance with discussions between Shincheonji Church of Jesus, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Korean government, and GC Green Cross, these 4,000 individuals have begun donating their plasma. The Korean government is doing its best to make a treatment available as soon as possible,” she said.
In an email to County Press Hyun detailed that members of the IWPG hope that the noble decision and dedication of 4,000 plasma donors will lead to the development of a treatment that will quickly free humanity worldwide from the fear of the COVID-19 virus.
She said people should donate plasma around the world for researchers to find the treatment on time and for people to get back to their lives.
The International Women’s Peace Group, headquartered in South Korea, has worked with women from countries that are stained with war and conflict to protect their rights and interests.