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Maintaining a safe and sufficient blood supply during the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19)

Interim guidance, 10 July 2020

This document provides interim guidance on the management of the blood supply in response to the pandemic outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It emphasizes the importance of being prepared and responding quickly and outlines key actions and measures that the blood services should take to mitigate the potential risk to the safety and sufficiency of the blood supplies during the pandemic. 

It should be read in conjunction with Protecting the blood supply during infectious disease outbreaks: guidance for national blood services (PDF, 348 KB) which provides general guidance on the development of national plans to respond to any emerging infectious threats to the sufficiency or safety of the blood supply.

Guidance on maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and on the collection of COVID-19 convalescent plasma (PDF, 293.3 KB)