Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on 29 June2020 stated that a 'plasma bank' will be established in the national capital to help treat COVID-19 patients. The 'plasma bank' will be set-up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi. Anyone who needs plasma will need a recommendation from a doctor. People can take plasma from relatives and known people. 
What is Plasma therapy?
  1. Plasma (the yellowish liquid component of blood) from a recovered Covid-19 patient contains antibodies that may help fight the disease when infused into the bodies of another person suffering from Covid-19. These antibodies are capable of fighting the virus that causes the illness and also helps in faster recovery.
  2. Because it takes a few weeks for antibodies to form, the hope is that transfusing someone else’s antibodies could help patients fight the virus before their immune system kicks in.
Is it a new treatment?
  1. Plasma therapy is a century-old remedy that was used to fight infection before modern medicine came along. 
  2. In 1918, during the outbreak of flu pandemic, plasma therapy was used on patients and the then reports had suggested: "patients are less likely to die".
  3. Thousands of coronavirus patients have been treated with plasma therapy across the world.
  4. In the US, Mayo Clinic is working in collaboration with industry, academic and government partners for the 'Expanded Access Program'. 
  5. The program has so far attended over 38,000 patients.
  1. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on 29 June 2020 launched convalescent plasma therapy-cum- trial project for treatment of critical Covid-19 patients with a state medical education department official calling it the largest initiative of its kind in the world
  2. Convalescent plasma therapy, also called passive antibody therapy, seeks to obtain plasma from the blood of people who have recovered from the infection to inject into patients undergoing treatment.
  3. The project, titled 'Platina', is the largest convalescent plasma therapy-cum-trial project in the world
  4. The trial will be held in 17 medical colleges under the department of medical education and drugs, and four BMC- run colleges in Mumbai.
  5. All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml convalescent plasma free of cost.