June 8th to 14th is National Blood Donor Week.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Blood Services is also reminding Canadians how much their blood donations continue to matter.

“Demand for blood in the last two weeks has returned to near pre-COVID-19 levels as hospitals resume elective surgeries and procedures that were put on hold due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, to maintain physical distancing and other safety measures in our donor centres, how much blood we can collect across the country is currently at 90 per cent. This gap is drawing down the national blood supply and we need donors to help replenish it by filling all available slots,” says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations.

Learn more about all the ways to join Canada’s Lifeline at blood.ca.

Last modified: June 8, 2020

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