A potential treatment for Covid using blood plasma does not reduce deaths among hospital patients, trials show.
The results are a blow to researchers and the NHS, which led the drive to collect plasma donations.
This arm of the Recovery trial, which is investigating a number of promising Covid treatments, has now been closed.
The Oxford researchers involved say they are “incredibly grateful” for the contribution of patients across the country.
Donations of plasma were temporarily suspended, according to NHS Blood and Transplant.**
There had been huge international interest in the role of convalescent plasma as a possible treatment for hospital patients with Covid-19.
American debt to exceed GDP in 2021
The United States is projected to hold about $21 trillion in debt in 2021, and that number is expected to increase to $32 trillion by 2030. A $1.9 trillion stimulus bill represents a fraction of that increase, although White House officials have also discussed trying to approve a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure package later this year. The CBO projections also assume the expiration of numerous provisions of the 2017 GOP tax law aimed at the lower and middle class by the middle of this decade.
Marc Goldwein, senior vice president at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which pushes for deficit reduction, said lawmakers face a long-term challenge in getting spending and deficit levels to balance. That is not something that hinges on the precise size of Biden’s stimulus package, Goldwein said.
“Even without the $1.9 trillion [stimulus], we will be at record-high debt levels” in a few years, he said. “Realistically, it’s going to come much sooner than that.”
Source: Washington Post