Welcome to The Fight Is In Us Blog
Welcome to The Fight Is In Us Blog, a unique forum for communicating and discussing the increasing velocity of scientific discovery and clinical guidance for the use of passive and active immunotherapies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire The Fight is in Us (TFIIU) community, organized around a core set of principles to maximize individual and societal benefits of convalescent plasma and antibody-based therapeutics, is proud of our accomplishments in the fight against COVID-19 during the first year of the pandemic. TFIIU is a coalition of academic, research, clinical, biopharma, and technology organizations working together in this effort (see https://thefightisinus.org/en-US/about for more information). We have learned that collaboration and active learning are fundamental to fighting this virus.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to be a very challenging cause of disease and suffering for individuals and communities throughout the world as demonstrated by evidence of emerging variants (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant-cases.html). TFIIU is committed to pursuing scientifically informed and data-driven practices to combat the virus through the promotion of promising therapeutics and vaccines.
The work of simultaneously studying the best role of convalescent plasma during the same time period when it has already gained widespread use through the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (https://www.fda.gov/media/141478/download) requires innovation and understanding from a wide range of researchers and clinicians. Monoclonal antibodies have become an important treatment option and more antibodies are now emerging from the research pipeline.
The TFIIU Research Committee has become a hub for the critical analysis and discussion of research findings in this fast-paced environment. TFIIU “Summit” meetings are held about every two weeks to share news and best practices across the research, blood collection, and clinical practice communities. We are engaged in understanding the science and promoting effective clinical policies to provide the best possible outcomes for patients suffering with COVID-19.
The Fight Is In Us Blog is one more way we can share this knowledge with the community. If you like what you’re reading, please share it with your colleagues.
Thank you for joining us in the fight.
- Peter Lee, PhD, Microsoft
- Claire Pomeroy, MD, The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
- Brian Anderson, MD, The MITRE Corporation
- FX Campion, MD, FACP, The MITRE Corporation
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