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OLD FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA - AUGUST 20: U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks at his campaign rally on August 20, 2020 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. President Trump is campaigning in the battleground state of Pennsylvania near the hometown of former Vice President Joe Biden, hours before Biden will accept the Democratic Presidential nomination on the last day of the Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has announced the emergency authorization of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients. The announcement Sunday evening comes after days of White House officials suggesting there were politically motivated delays by the Food and Drug Administration in approving a vaccine and therapeutics for the disease that has upended Trump’s reelection chances. The blood plasma is taken from patients who have recovered from the coronavirus and is rich in antibodies. It may provide benefits to those battling with the disease, but the evidence has been inconclusive as to how it works or how best to administer it.