Maharashtra launches largest plasma therapy trial “Project Platina”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched the world’s largest plasma therapy trials “Project Platina” for COVID-19 patients. The state government has approved Rs 16.65 crore for the project from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

There are 21 centres have been picked for the trial, including 17 medical colleges under the department of medical education and drugs, the government of Maharashtra and four BMC medical colleges in Mumbai.

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Under the project, critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of plasma recovered from COVID-19 patients. The treatment will be provided free of cost to all coronavirus patients under the trial project. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood which have antibodies to the coronavirus, thereby fight the infection and helping critically-ill patients to recover.

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  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

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