COVID-19 survivor Zubiri donates blood plasma

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 21 2020 11:55 AM | Updated as of Apr 21 2020 05:34 PM

COVID-19 survivor Zubiri donates blood plasma 1
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri donates blood plasma to help other COVID-19 patients overcome the disease at the Philippine General Hospital. Handout

MANILA -- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, who has fully recovered from COVID-19, said Tuesday he donated blood plasma at the Philippine General Hospital to help other patients overcome the disease.

"I was very lucky to have recovered with no complications,” Zubiri said in a statement. "But that is not the case for many other patients, whose bodies are less prepared to fight this disease. If plasma donations can help them in any way, then I am more than happy to offer mine.”

“All of us healthier, perhaps younger people who have been blessed with full recovery from COVID-19—we need to go donate. It’s a fairly simple process, and you’ll be able to help so many people," he added. 

In the absence of a vaccine, doctors are using the antibodies in the plasma of recovered cases to help patients who are battling the 2019 coronavirus disease.

Zubiri, among the first public officials to acknowledge having COVID-19, announced his recovery last week.

The PGH earlier said the experimental treatment for COVID-19 was not expected to cause reinfection.

The World Health Organization described the treatment as a "very valid" approach in managing the disease among patients while a cure has yet to be discovered.

Another senator who overcame COVID-19, Sonny Angara, also donated plasma and urged the government to encourage survivors to do the same.

"We should not cite any technicalities like privacy which prevents us because we can try to secure their consent naman and protect their privacy at the same time," he said.