Aaditya Thackeray has praised actor Zoa Morani for donating plasma for the second time since she recovered from COVID-19.Taking to Twitter, Thackeray shared Morani’s post where she exhorted the importance of plasma donation to save lives and wrote: “That takes some courage.”
That takes some courage and strength! Thank you https://t.co/ICKvMIHSU9
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) May 26, 2020
Filmmaker Karim Morani’s daughter was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April and she donated plasma for the first time on May 9 at Mumbai's Nair Hospital – almost a month after her recovery.
Plasma donation round 2 ! Last time it helped get a patient out of ICU , Note from my Doctor “hoping all recovered covid patients come out and donate their blood , u may be able to help someone” #NairHospital #IndiaFightsCorona #plasmatherapy pic.twitter.com/GDoJ1n25te
Frequently Asked QuestionsView moreShowView moreHow does a vaccine work?
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.How many types of vaccines are there?
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
— Zoa Morani (@zoamorani) May 26, 2020
Notably, several hospitals across India have fallen back on convalescent plasma therapy to treat coronavirus patients. While it cannot be dubbed a cure, it has helped scale down the infection in very severe cases. Under this method, the antibodies present in the plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients is used to fight off infections.To follow our full coverage on coronavirus, click here