Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, the German government says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. That's the same agent the Russians used against Sergei Skripal in Britain in 2018.

Meanwhile, the DNC and Joe Biden campaigns collectively raised $364.5 million last month, a new record and far more than Republicans raised.

Finally, the National Institutes of Health says there's no evidence that the convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 approved by the FDA under an emergency order last week actually leads to better outcomes for most patients.

The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel, part of the National Institutes of Health, said it had reviewed all of the available research on convalescent plasma, including the FDA's analysis that led to its emergency use authorization.

"There are currently no data from well-controlled, adequately powered randomized clinical trials that demonstrate the efficacy and safety of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19," the group wrote online. [...]

The data cited by the FDA were based on a preliminary study of convalescent plasma from the Mayo Clinic, which compared a small subset of patients who received either a high or a low concentration of COVID-19 antibodies in the plasma. The study suggested some benefit for patients who were sick enough to be in the hospital but had not been placed on ventilators. However, there was no significant difference in death rates.

I guess that's better than hydroxychloroquine which increased death rates.