Joint Statement: Blood Donation Concerns Rise as Country Enters New Phase of the Pandemic

April 16, 2021

As the country adjusts to a new phase of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing the availability of the U.S. blood supply is paramount. Blood is an essential part of the nation’s health care system and relied upon for medical treatments for millions of patients. No substitute for blood exists and blood products have a limited…

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Joint Statement on the Widespread Snow and Ice Disrupting Nation’s Blood Supply

February 18, 2021

Severe winter storms bringing debilitating snow, ice and cold to much of the United States are causing widespread concern for the nation’s blood supply. Many blood centers have had to close their doors for multiple days due to power outages or weather conditions, resulting in a loss of more than 25,000 donations in February alone.…

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Joint Comments Submitted – Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model (CMS-5528-IFC)

January 26, 2021

AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross submitted comments in response to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model interim final rule with comment (IFC). Our organizations strongly oppose the interim final rule implementing the MFN model because it dramatically changes Medicare payment policies without providing affected stakeholders…

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Blood Community Encourages Individuals to Donate Blood, Convalescent Plasma During National Blood Donor Month and Beyond

January 14, 2021

America’s Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Red Cross issued a joint statement for National Blood Donor Month thanking those individuals who selflessly donate blood, platelets, and convalescent plasma and encouraging eligible individuals to schedule an appointment to donate.

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ADRP has been awarded a grant from Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

January 11, 2021

Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is supporting ADRP with a $50,000 grant to allow the organization to produce educational videos aimed at encouraging eligible people to donate blood. The educational videos will cover many topics, including rare donors, first time/young donors, blood basics, platelet donations, convalescent plasma and more. ADRP and America’s Blood Centers will promote the videos online…

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Joint Letter to FDA Regarding COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Implementation

January 8, 2021

A joint letter from America’s Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Red Cross requesting an extension of the enforcement discretion period to ensure CCP remains readily available to patients in need.

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Joint Letter to FDA Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Deferrals

January 6, 2021

America’s Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Red Cross sent a joint letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to to request the agency revise guidance to clarify that it is not necessary to defer COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) donors following vaccination if the individual has recovered from infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus…

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Recent News Regarding MSM Donor Deferral

December 16, 2020

On Monday, the United Kingdom (UK) announced changes to their blood donation policies that will impact men who have sex with men (MSM). As of Summer 2021, the UK will revise their guidelines to adopt a more individual risk-based approach removing the current three-month deferral for MSM. The new policy will allow “donors who have…

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Donors Needed as Hospital Demand for Convalescent Plasma Exceeds Donations

December 10, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross are joining together to urge individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to make and keep an appointment to donate plasma now. The country’s supply of COVID-19 convalescent plasma is depleting amid surging COVID-19 cases across the U.S. With convalescent plasma demand outpacing donations from individuals recovered…

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Joint Letter to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board

December 7, 2020

ABC, along with AABB and American Red Cross, recently sent a joint letter to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, to encourage continued support on the awareness of the need for CCP donations. Our organizations are available as resources and look forward to working with the President-elect and the Vice President-elect transition team, the Transition…

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