As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, GAP recommends that National Society Blood Services remain in constant contact with their own public health authorities to closely monitor their specific country situation and develop appropriate blood safety and sufficiency responses accordingly. In general, the major areas for blood service consideration in decision-making include epidemic and risk assessment surveillance, donor deferral and recall, inventory control / demand planning, communication, donor and staff shortages, and infection control.
The following links may provide information to assist with key decision-making regarding the management of donor, blood and staff safety, and developing a response to promote safe blood donation during this challenging time.
Please note that given the rapidly evolving nature, the information which is available publicly may be revised regularly.
Last updated: 30/07/2020