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COVID-19 quick take: House resolution calls for ending blood donation restrictions

Susan Swann, Esq.  

Susan Swann, Esq.  

(June 2, 2020) - A resolution (2019 CONG US HRES 989) introduced June 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for an end to restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men to address the need for blood in the wake of COVID-19.

The proposed resolution calls for equitable and science-based policies allowing men who have had sex with other men to donate blood without requiring three months of prior sexual abstinence.
Ending the waiting period would yield 615,000 pints of blood, making up for an estimated 130,000 fewer donations due to canceled blood drives, and would increase availability of plasma-containing antibodies from COVID-19 survivors, according to the resolution.

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