Europe is Going for Blood

Europe has a roadblock in its quest for pharmaceutical self-sufficiency: a reliance on American blood plasma.
 
Blood plasma is a crucial element in developing drugs, and that includes experimental COVID-19 treatments.
 
But while US donors are paid for donating blood used for drug R&D; most Europeans aren’t because of safety and ethical concerns. That leaves Europe vulnerable to sudden supply interruptions, a possibility that has come into sharp relief as the pandemic boosts demand while lockdowns keep would-be donors away.
 
At an EU meeting last week, blood experts discussed strategies for the bloc to be more self-sufficient when it comes to pharmaceuticals.   
 
Reuters

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