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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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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America’s Blood Centers, AABB and American Red Cross Release Joint Statement on the Blood Supply

May 29, 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: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, AABB, America’s Blood Centers, the American Red Cross, and others in the blood community have been working together to monitor the nation’s blood supply…

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America’s Blood Centers, AABB, American Red Cross Joint Letter to CMS Regarding Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare

May 15, 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 – appreciate the Department of Health and Human Services’ ongoing support for the blood community and commend the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for developing recommendations for health care…

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America’s Blood Centers, AABB, American Red Cross Joint Letter to HHS Regarding Request for Funding for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Collection Reimbursement

May 15, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are requesting funding to pay for COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) that is not otherwise reimbursed. Our organizations – which collectively represent the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion medicine professionals – are working hard to collect and deliver CCP to patients recovering from COVID-19…

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Reps. McNerney, Engel, Davis & Fitzpatrick Push for Blood Center Relief to Address America’s Blood Shortage

May 1, 2020

Stockton, CA –  As our nation’s blood centers face significant blood donation shortages, growing demand for plasma, and increasing financial strain, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) co-led a bipartisan letter, along with Representatives Eliot L. Engel (NY-16), Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), urging House leadership to include assistance for blood centers in the next COVID…

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America’s Blood Centers Partners with BARDA to Expand Collection of Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 Patients

April 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2020 — America’s Blood Centers and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are announcing a partnership to further promote collections of COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) from individuals who have recovered from…

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ABC Statement on FDA’s Donor Eligibility Criteria Changes for Men Who Have Sex with Other Men (MSM)

April 24, 2020

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. We commend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their continued support during this unprecedented situation as our nation coordinates response efforts to COVID-19. In recognizing the need…

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