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4,000 Recovered COVID-19 Church Members in South Korea Declare Donation of $83 Billion Worth Plasma for Cure

FILE PHOTO: A scientist examines COVID-19 infected cells during research for a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a laboratory of BIOCAD biotechnology company in Saint Petersburg, Russia May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

A South Korea-based religious group named the Shincheonji Church of Jesus said that over 4,000 members of the church recovered from COVID-19 are willing to donate plasma for developing a new treatment.

The amount of blood will be about $83 billion worth if the 4,000 patients donate 500ml individually, according to the current transaction in the United States. “It is difficult to accelerate developing a medicine for COVID-19 with only 200 recovered patients who expressed their will to donate blood. The massive donation from the recovered patients in the Shincheonji Church will solve the problem of the lack of blood for research,” said an official from Green Cross Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company in South Korea.

For the first quarter of this year, the rapid virus spread hit the church members in Daegu of South Korea, where the early signs of the crisis appeared with the controversy over the massive visitors from China before the infection of church members.

Mr. Man Hee Lee, founder of the Shincheonji Church, said that members of the church are advised to donate plasma voluntarily. “As Jesus sacrificed himself with his blood for life, we hope that the blood of people can bring positive effects on overcoming the current situation,” said Mr. Lee.

“We had a discussion with the health authorities and tried to establish a plan with details for donation. Some of the recovered members have already donated individually, feeling thankful for the assistance from the government and medical teams. They expressed their will to make contribution to the society,” said an official in the church.

Some local governments in South Korea recently brought lawsuits against the church with allegations that the church did not cooperate with the authorities by not submitting the full list of church facilities and members.

“No evidence has been found that Shincheonji supplied missing or altered lists. And there were only minor differences,” said Kim Kang-lip, vice-minister of Health. Academic researches on Shincheonji and COVID-19 stated that the church “provided the list of its South Korean members six days after it was requested” and “it was initially unclear whether shut down facilities and properties should be included” when the government asked for the lists of real estate.

A Shincheonji media coordinator said the church will cooperate fully with investigations from government agencies.

South Korea reported 12,535 confirmed cases and 281 deaths from COVID-19.

14 Comments

  1. Great job! Good-hearted people!

    • I hope this makes a big difference for everyone dealing with covid-19 in the world right now. Good actions!

  2. Its good to know that many have recovered from this pandemic, and also those who have recovered are willing to give plasma donation for other who are still suffering from this virus.
    Its also good to know good news especially during this time, so I’m also grateful to DZRH for that.

  3. Noemi Sarria

    It is great to see that despites the fact these people were affected first, now they are trying to give back something to the society and help donating plasma for research. Whatever it is that help find a cure, treatment for COVID-19 should be really appreciated.

  4. I love this! This donation literally can help the whole world find a cure! COVID really affected our lives.

  5. Best news I’ve heard in a while concerning covid-19! Keep it up, somehow, by working together, we’ll conquer this disease.

  6. Wow!!! This is so inspiring in a time when we need good news!

  7. Katelyn Arthur

    I’m so grateful for people who still have kindness and love in their hearts in such a corrupt time.

  8. Woow! This is indeed great news!

  9. This honestly warms my heart. Donating blood has always been a choice and to have so many people make a decision like this is pretty awesome. Thank you! I really hope the world can finally be able to get this virus under control and not lose to it.

  10. So awesome. I really hope this can help the world right now. Big thank you to everyone who’s donating. It is not easy to get volunteers to donate, let alone that many!

    • This is amazing! This offers so much hope for people suffering around the world. Big thank you to these wonderful people who came forward to give blood!

  11. Faith in humanity restored. From what I read, donating plasma can have side effects. It is though decision. Truly appreciate what they have done

  12. How great these people are. In my case, I would absolutely think if I would donate my plasma. Such awesome and Godly people!. This donations will really help the world to return to it’s normal cycle.

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