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Project Platina to provide world with robust data for plasma therapy: Aaditya Thackeray

Thackeray informed that the Maharashtra Chief Minister has launched Project Platina which is the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial cum treatment.

Project Platina to provide world with robust data for plasma therapy: Aaditya Thackeray
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As Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched ‘Project Platina’, state Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray informed that this exercise will provide the world with a 'robust data' for plasma therapy treatment of COVID-19 patients and will help create an infrastructure for this therapy across the state. 

Taking to Twitter, Thackeray informed that the Maharashtra Chief Minister has launched Project Platina which is the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial cum treatment. He further stated that the funding for the entire plasma therapy trial was done from the Chief Minister’s relief fund (CMRF). 

“Maharashtra has been working on plasma therapy since the beginning of the covid fight, but now it will be a formal trial-treatment project across the state. We hope that this will be a landmark trial in the global fight against corona pandemic,” the Maharashtra Minister tweeted. 

On Monday, the Chief Minister launched the treatment project - ‘Project Platina’ - via video conferencing and allocated  ₹16.65 crores for the same from the CMRF. 

“All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma. The plasma of recovered COVID 19 patients contains antibodies thereby fighting infection and helping critically ill patients recover (sic),” the CMO said labelling this development as a milestone. 

Aaditya Thackeray expressed his gratitude towards the Chief Minister, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope and state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for their support. 

He informed that the idea of plasma therapy was pushed forward by him earlier and key doctors including Dr Sanjay Mukherjee who is the secretary of Maharashtra Medical Education and Drug Department (MEDD). 

The plasma therapy will prove beneficial in the treatment for critical COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra. Earlier on Sunday, the Chief Minister said that the state government was planning to give the COVID-19 drugs - Remdesivir and Favipirarvir - for free to people.

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