June 11, 2021
In advance of World Blood Donor Day, AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross issued a new joint statement today, urging eligible individuals to make and keep appointments to donate blood. Doing so will help ensure that a stable blood supply remains available for patients in need.
The new joint statement comes amid increasing concerns about the blood supply. As the United States continues to make progress against the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for blood is increasing. Many hospitals have resumed nonessential surgeries and patients are resuming some treatments that had been canceled since early 2020. As a result, more patients need access to the life-saving treatment that blood provides, the only source of which is the generosity of selfless donors.
“Blood donations are critically needed now and throughout the summer to ensure availability of all blood types for patients in need,” the organizations wrote in the statement. “While summer can often be a challenging season for blood donations, blood collection organizations are facing a unique and concerning set of challenges this June.”
The organizations noted that this month marks both World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on June 14, and World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, which takes place on June 19. Both days are a reminder of the importance of blood donation, as well as the critical need for the blood supply to constantly be replenished.