500 Church Members to Donate Plasma for COVID-19 Cure
Shincheonji Church of Jesus is a religious group based in South Korea which has grabbed the attention of the nation as it has claimed that over 4,000 of its members were cured of the COVID-19 virus. In their hopes to continue to aid and operate alongside the government and fellow citizens, members have come together to donate plasma in sincere efforts of developing a new treatment.
A church official of Shincheonji shared that their operations to create plans for donations have been discussed with health authorities. "Some of the recovered members have already donated individually, feeling thankful for the assistance from the government and medical teams," the official stated. "They expressed their will to contribute to the society."
On June 23, 2020, the members who claimed to donate were able to contribute an amount of $83 billion worth of blood plasma. Green Cross Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company in South Korea, acknowledged this stating, "It is difficult to accelerate developing medicine 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."
Recently, the first 500 SCJ members who have survived the COVID-19 virus have pledged to donate blood plasma for the development of a cure. On July 13, 2020, the Korean Center for Disease Control (KCDC) and the Korean Red Cross supplied three donation buses to collect the blood plasma donations from the members, and in total 500 SCJ congregants are participating in this effort.
The blood plasma donation is taking place for over a total of 5 days, from July 13 to July 17.
It is happening at Kyung Book Great Hospital in the city of Daegu, and the COVID-19 survivors will participate in donating at the front gate of the building.