Warp Speed’s Woodcock Encourages Institutions To Continue COVID-19 Plasma Controlled Trial
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.
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Emily Miller, who joined FDA a few days before its controversial roll out of emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma, remains at the agency. Situation shows importance of sticking to science-based decisions, former FDA officials say.
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.