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Fawad tells Islamabad DC to refrain from spreading ‘unsubstantiated’ claims

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday admonished Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat for sharing “unsubstantiated information” concerning plasma donation by the recovered Covid-19 patients.

The minister responded to a tweet from Shafqaat, which claimed: “If you have recovered from coronavirus you can donate your plasma at 10 day intervals. “Coronavirus patients are on ventilators. Their chances of recovery are improved by 80% with this [plasma] treatment.”

Taking Shafqaat to task, Chaudhry said: “There is no such research to back your claim. [Government] officials must be very careful for making such observations.”

“In Ministry of Science and Technology, we are keeping track of [international] and local research. [Such] claims are unsubstantiated,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the head of the National Institute of Blood Disease & Bone Marrow Transplantation (NIBD & BMT) and hematologist, Dr Tahir Shamsi, said that plasma treatment was showing positive results.



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