ABC Statement on the Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV)
America’s Blood Centers (ABC) continues to monitor the recent outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus (2019 n-CoV). The 2019 n-CoV poses no risk to blood donors, either during the donation process or from attending organized blood drives. The 2019 n-CoV also poses no risk to patients receiving blood transfusions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not recommended any additional action by blood centers. As such, ABC encourages all donors and sponsors of blood drives to schedule appointments and keep commitments to donate blood.
Blood Donor Deferral for Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (vCJD)
In light of the long period of time which as passed since control of the BSE epidemic in the UK (1980-1996), the rarity of transfusion transmission of vCJD, and the fact that no cases have been reported in US military personnel, DoD civilians, nor their families, America’s Blood Centers calls on the FDA to eliminate the deferral and allow reentry of US military personnel, DoD civilians, and their families who spent time at US military installations in Europe outside of the UK during the period of 1980-1996. ABC has prepared an overview providing background and rationale for this position.
ABC Calls on the FDA to Cease Testing for Zika Virus
In light of ongoing epidemiology data showing no evidence that mosquitoes in the continental U.S. have transmitted ZIKV since 2017, ABC believes the Food and Drug Administration should take immediate action to cease testing of blood donations for the Zika virus.
ABC statement on FDA’s Men who have had Sex with Men (MSM) Blood Donor Deferral
America’s Blood Centers and its members are committed to maintaining a safe and available blood supply and treating all potential donors with fairness, equality and respect.
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Prioritize Blood as a National Priority
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Value of Blood in Your Community
Blood on the shelf saves lives as the U.S. blood supply must cover every day needs and unexpected disasters. The altruistic gift of blood from millions of donors nationwide each year is unique within the healthcare sector.
The Role of Blood in Emergency Preparedness and Response
Blood is recognized as one of HHS’ identified safety and security components. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness & Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPA) includes important provisions that strengthen the U.S. blood system.
Value of Blood Whitepaper
This white paper examines the current resilience of the U.S. blood supply and affirms its safety while highlighting areas that warrant further attention and support.
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