Analyzing the Evidence For The Convalescent Plasma EUA
The justification President Trump used is not directly mentioned in the decision memo, but other data suggests a less-than-overwhelming case for granting emergency use authorization.
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Seeking to prevent negative fallout from emergency use authorization, Woodcock and NIH Director Collins ask investigators to prioritize a controlled trial of convalescent plasma currently underway in outpatients.
US FDA authorization will further boost already-high demand for plasma from individuals recovered from COVID-19 and increase competition for donors, NYU’s Arthur Caplan predicts, but CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance and Emergent BioSolutions say they do not expect EUA to impact either product supply or enrollment in upcoming randomized trials of their H-Ig products.
Plasma Authorization Raises Fears Of Politically-Influenced COVID-19 Vaccine Decisions, Compromised FDA
US FDA Commissioner Hahn’s credibility is in question following an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma, leading some former officials to push for new agency leadership. Hahn’s actions, combined with President Trump’s attack on FDA staff as being ‘deep state’ actors, may compromise the public trust in the agency’s work during COVID-19 and beyond, former FDA officials say.