Israeli firm treats COVID-19 patient using placenta therapy
Aileen Cerrudo • April 23, 2020 • 491
An Israeli regenerative medicine company that is developing a platform of novel biological therapeutic products has announced that they were able to treat their first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in New Jersey, USA under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Single Patient Expanded Access Program, also known as a compassionate use program.
In a statement, Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. said the treatment is “part of the U.S. Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), an emergency program for possible therapies that uses every available method to move new treatments to patients as quickly as possible.”
Pluristem said the patient was administered a treatment called Placental expanded (PLX) cell therapy.
The company added that the patient was critically ill with respiratory failure due to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) prior to the PLX treatment.
The patient was also under mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit (ICU) for three weeks.
Pluristem CEO and President Yaky Yanay said they are now focusing on the initiation of a multinational clinical study.
“In parallel with our planned clinical trial, we expect to continue treating patients under compassionate use through the appropriate regulatory clearances in the United States and Israel, as well as expanding treatment under compassionate use in other countries,” he said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – Simula sa Oktubre 1 ay ipatutupad na sa probinsiya ng Bataan ang ‘no QR code, no entry’ policy bilang bahagi ng pinaigting na contact tracing efforts sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.
Ayon kay Bataan Governor Albert Garcia, ang QR code ang magsisilbing pass ng mga nais pumasok sa lalawigan at ipi-prisinta ito sa checkpoints o entry points sa lugar.
Sinabi ni Garcia na layunin ng sistemang ito na mapabilis ang prosesong pinagdaraanan ng mga mga pauwing overseas Filipino workers (OFW), locally-stranded individuals (LSI) at authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).
Para makakuha ng QR code, kailangang i-download ang get-pass application mula sa Google play at app store.
Mag-sign up sa app sa pamamagitan ng pagsagot sa declaration form, pindutin ang calendar at pumunta sa travel authorization section upang sagutan ang mga tanong ukol sa travel appointment.
May ilalabas itong QR code na naglalaman ng petsa ng pagbiyahe at appointment number na maaaring i-save o iprint.
Sa araw ng biyahe, dalhin ang printed na QR code kasama ang valid identification card at certificate of employment na ipapakita sa entry points papasok sa Bataan.
Ayon kay Garcia, nagsasagawa na sila ng dry run para maihanda ang mga magbabantay sa checkpoints at iba ang ahensiyang otorisadong mag-monitor ng QR code system gamit ang get-pass mobile application.
Nanawagan rin ang gubernador sa publiko na makipagtulungan at sundin ang sistema upang maiwasan ang posibleng pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa lalawigan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Leslie Huidem)
The global tally of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases has breached the 30 million mark with the United States (US) still recording the highest number of cases.
According to the recent report of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at the John Hopkins University, the number of global cases rose to 30,065,728 with 944,604 deaths and 20,423,802.
COVID-19 cases in the U.S peaked at 6,674,070, as of Thursday (September 17). Recording the second highest number is India with 5,118,253 followed by Brazil which recorded 4,455,386 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Russia and Peru tallied at 1,081,152 and 744,400, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Philippines has recorded over 276,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 208,000 recoveries and 4,700 deaths.
Malacañang assured that President Rodrigo Duterte will extend the declaration of a state of calamity in the county to allow local governments access to sufficient funds for their COVID-19 response. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The government of the United States on Thursday donated hygiene kits and handwashing stations to the city government of Manila in support of the Philippine capital’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement, US Ambassador Sung Kim said he visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo to handover 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
Kim said the hygiene kits could provide additional protection against COVID-19 through the provision of items essential to practicing good personal hygiene.
The kits contain face masks, soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, and toothbrushes.
“The U.S. government is a friend, partner, and ally of the Manileños in facing this pandemic. The American people are pleased to support the City of Manila’s efforts to fight COVID-19,” Kim said.
To complement the donation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said it will continue to collaborate with the Manila City Health Office to help ensure that citizens can access quality tuberculosis services during the pandemic as well as to support the rollout of the Department of Health’s “Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE)” strategy to contain the pandemic.
USAID recently donated two ventilators to the Tondo Medical Center as part of the 100 ventilators that the U.S. government handed over last August 28 to the Philippine government.
To date, the U.S. government has donated over P1 billion ($22.6 million) to support the Philippines’ COVID-19 response.
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