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    Covid-19: Kerala institute ready for plasma trials, but has no patients to test

    The Thiruvananthapuram-based institute, which is an institute of national importance under the Department of Science and Technology, received the clearances from the Indian Council of Medical Research a week ago to conduct clinical trials for plasma therapy, which uses antibodies from the blood of cured patients to treat others.

    New Delhi: Kerala’s Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, the first to get all approvals to start clinical testing of convalescent plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients, may not get an immediate opportunity to begin trials because the state no longer has critically ill cases — the main requirement to test the efficacy of the treatment.

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