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BREAKING! Convalescent Plasma: US FDA And Other American Health Officials Apologizes For Disseminating Fake Plasma Data!
BREAKING! Convalescent Plasma: US FDA And Other American Health Officials Apologizes For Disseminating Fake Plasma Data!
Source: Convalescent Plasma  Aug 25, 2020  2 months ago
Convalescent Plasma: Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, Dr Stephen Hahn, apologized on Monday after misrepresenting a key statistic on how effective blood plasma is for treating COVID-19 when announcing an emergency approval measure.


FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn speaks as US President Donald Trump looks
on during a press conference at the White House on Sunday


The United States on Sunday had suddenly issued an emergency approval for plasma taken from recovered coronavirus patients to be used on current COVID-19 patients, so that more people could get access to the experimental treatment. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/us-coronavirus-news-white-house-pressures-u-s-fda-to-authorize-use-of-blood-plasma-to-treat-covid-19-sudden-announcement-made-late-sunday
 
Many said that the moved by made under pressure from the White House.
 
However Dr Hahn and other senior health officials came under fire from experts after repeating a claim made by President Donald Trump that blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients reduced mortality rates by 35 percent.
 
Dr Hahn publicly said on Sunday, after Trump had called it ‘a tremendous number’, "What that means is and if the data continue to pan out is that for every 100 people who are sick with COVID-19, 35 would have been saved because of the administration of plasma."
 
Even Health secretary Alex Azar commented on Sunday, "I just want to emphasize this point, because I don't want you to gloss over this number. We dream in drug development of something like a 35 percent mortality reduction. This is a major advance in the treatment of patients. This is a major advance."
 
In medical terms, such a reduction would indeed be a game changer in the fight against the pandemic however the statistic is false and the statements fake!
 
The U.S. Health officials said these results came from a study of 35,000 patients conducted by Mayo Clinic, but Dr Scott Wright, the study's leader, told media these numbers  did not come from his institution's research. He said he believed it might be an "integrated analysis" the FDA had arrived at by looking at both Mayo's work and other studies.

The announcements by American health officials caused a major uproar by medical and research professionals not only in America but also globally and many were questioning these fake figures.
 
It must be noted that none of American media or social media platforms or online fact checkers bothered to check and even label all these news coverage as fake news or as misinformation. Such is the state in America today where the public is only supplied fake news and misinformation on daily basis but yet many stupid Americans still think that only their media sources are trustworthy and that their health officials know better and that media s ources from elsewhere in the world are not reliable. (Little wonder that thousands are dying from the COVID-19 there!) There is only a minority of smart Americans who know how to source for reliable news and data from elsewhere.
 
Under intense pressure from the medical organizations around the world, US FDA spokeswoman Emily Miller later tweeted that 35 percent referred to the relative difference in mortality risk between those patients in Mayo's study who received a high level of antibodies against those who received a low level of antibodies.
 
Dr Hahn in a tweet thread on Monday night said, "I have been criticized for remarks I made Sunday night about the benefits of convalescent plasma. The criticism is entirely justified. What I should have said better is that the data show a relative risk reduction not an absolute risk reduction."
 
However it was still not immediately clear which figures the FDA had used from the Mayo study to arrive even at this far more modest claim. The study has not yet been peer-reviewed and is available in "preprint" form on a medical research server, so it remains possible that more data will eventually be forthcoming.
 
Bothe the American and international scientific community is divided on whether plasma should have received an emergency use approval.
 
Most early research that suggests it may be helpful were conducted in haphazard ways and but no proper clinical trial  considered the gold standard of medical research have yet found conclusively in its favor.
 
Critics and political commentators have questioned the timing of the FDA's latest move as Trump lags in polls before the November election.
 
On another note, it was also rumored that the White House has made it a mandate that the vaccines made by Oxford University and Astrazeneca be cleared by the US FDA before the mid of October under whatever conditions possible.
 
Shockingly, it has emerged that this vaccine that Trump is promoting has been found to be using fetal cell lines from aborted babies. The Christian and Catholic communities in America have yet to comment on this. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/breaking-covid-19-vaccine-details-that-oxford-covid-19-vaccine-uses-cell-lines-from-aborted-babies-deeply-disturbs-australian-archbishop-over-deals
 
As of today, a total of 181,117 Americans have died from COVID-18 and more than 5.9 million were officially reported as infected. (Source: Worldometer). Sadly the figures will continue and are expected to rise exponentially in the coming months despite fake news and misinformation in the country that is saying things are looking better.
 
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