A group from South Korea, from the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, has said that over 4,000 of its congregants who have had and fully recovered from the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus will donate their plasma for development of a treatment.
An official from Green Cross Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company has said “It is difficult to accelerate the development of a treatment for COVID-19 with only 200 recovered patients who expressed their will to donate blood. The massive donation from the recovered patients in the Shincheonji Church will solve the problem of the lack of blood for research.”
So why are people hesitant to make these donations? I think if you try you can guess why. A lot of people are worried about the perception of society of those who have been infected. Fear can breed a lot of hate and discrimination even of people who are victims.
But the founder of the Church, Mr. Man Hee Lee, encouraged church members to voluntarily donate their plasma stating “As Jesus sacrificed himself with his blood for life, we hope that the blood of people can bring positive effects on overcoming the current situation.” This powerful message and the impact it has had are your Good News Story of the Day, which you can find in full, here.
And while the act is the point, it should be noted that it isn’t a small one. Their plasma donations are valued at a total of $83 billion due to the scarcity of donors and competitive demands by organizations who are in the global race to find a treatment. That is the value of the gift they have given.
Story from prnewswire.com