Joint Letter on ACIP Recommendation and CDC Vaccine Allocation

December 3, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross applauds the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on its recommendation to prioritize “healthcare personnel,” including blood centers’ personnel, for the allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine, and urges CDC to adopt this recommendation. Collectively, our organizations represent the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion…

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Joint Letter to FDA on EUA Extension

November 2, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross, which collectively represent the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion medicine professionals, have jointly submitted a letter to FDA to request an extension on the deadline to implement the new CCP EUA requirements.

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Joint Letter to CMS on CLIA

October 27, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross, which collectively represent the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion medicine professionals, are submitting these comments on the interim final rule with comment period, CMS3401-IFC: Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Additional…

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Joint Statement on the Blood Supply

October 19, 2020

The following statement has been issued by AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross regarding the status of the nation’s blood supply: The blood supply in the United States is critically low and the majority of the country’s blood centers are reporting significant declines in their blood collections. As the nation confronts new…

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Statement of America’s Blood Centers to the United States International Trade Commission

September 24, 2020

On September 23, 2020, Kate Fry, CEO at America’s Blood Centers, provided testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission on the role of independent blood centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key highlights include the critical role and experience of community blood centers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the collection of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, shifting operations to maintain…

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Joint Comments Regarding Discussion Draft of the Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

September 11, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross request that the Committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus prioritize blood centers by recognizing them as health care facilities for the purpose of the vaccine allocation framework and at a minimum, classifying workers at these establishments as critical risk workers. Collectively, our…

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Comments on Draft of the Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

September 4, 2020

On September 4, 2020, AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross jointly submitted comments addressing the need to identify blood centers as health care facilities for the purpose of vaccine allocation.

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ABC Statement on Ongoing Critical Need for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donors

August 21, 2020

America’s Blood Centers is the national trade association for independent, community blood centers who collect 60 percent of the nation’s blood supply and more than 80 percent of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP). We and our member blood centers continue to support and prioritize both the safe collection and equitable distribution of CCP. We support the…

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Statement on the Administration Announcement of the National Campaign for Convalescent Plasma Donors to Assist with the Battle against COVID-19

July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020 America’s Blood Centers is the national trade association for independent community blood centers. Our members are responsible for close to 60 percent of the nation’s blood supply and have been at the forefront of convalescent plasma collections in the U.S. over the past four months. To date, independent community blood centers (non-American…

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America’s Blood Centers submitted recommendations on maintaining a robust blood supply for a report to Congress required as part of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act.

June 22, 2020

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) is providing feedback to the Solicitation for Public Comments on Section 209 of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act. ABC thanks HHS for soliciting public comments on this important report and for providing the additional time needed to assemble invaluable lessons learned during the beginning of this current…

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