Bolivians Recovered from Covid-19 Get Job Offers in Exchange for Blood Plasma

Trafficking in blood donations as a treatment for Covid-19 thrives outside the law and reflects unequal access to health care in a collapsing hospital system.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In Bolivia, a 400-milliliter bag of blood plasma from a person who has recovered from Covid-19 can be exchanged for a job, the payment of debts, or cash amounts ranging from between some R$2,500 (US$500) to over R$15,000.

This trafficking is one of the collateral consequences of the Ministry of Health and most Bolivian hospitals' bet on hyperimmune plasma, a blood component of those who have overcome the disease and which, in this country, is considered a last hope for critically ill patients.

Most donations were voluntary, but health . . .

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