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Blood: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL5864, tabled on 17 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have donated blood in England containing COVID-19 antibodies.

Answered on

30 June 2020

NHS Blood and Transplant does not routinely test blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. However, NHS Blood and Transplant is providing a small proportion of randomised, anonymised samples taken from routine blood donations to Public Health England as part of its seroprevalence study. This will help understand how many people in the population have the antibody against COVID-19.

In addition, as part of the REMAP-CAP and RECOVERY trials, NHS Blood and Transplant is collecting convalescent plasma from donors who have had COVID-19, in order to treat patients with COVID-19. The plasma is currently being supplied to 88 hospitals. As of 14 June 2020, over 6,000 units of plasma have been collected, with over 600 units released to hospitals.