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Statement by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on World Blood Donor Day  

15/06/2021 | Economia |  Daily News 14 / 06 / 2021

Source: European Commission Spokesperson's Service  

On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day today, 14 June 2021, Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, made the following statement:  

- Today, on World Blood Donor Day, I want to applaud all those who save lives by regularly giving a little of their time, and a little of themselves, to help others. Modern science and medicine have advanced in ways we could not have imagined just decades ago, and yet, the success of many of the sophisticated treatments we take for granted today still depend on blood transfusions. Some 25 million blood transfusions are carried out across the EU in a wide range of life-saving procedures every year. Blood plasma also plays a vital role with 8 million litres donated to tackle immune deficiency and make life-saving medicines for conditions such as haemophilia, a rare condition that affects the blood's ability to clot. This year the donor community has even grown, as many who have recovered from COVID-19 have become plasma donors themselves, facilitating efforts across the EU, and around the world, to research the potential use of convalescent plasma to help patients fight the disease. Over 130,000 COVID-19 convalescent plasma donations have been registered on an EU platform and, with the Emergency Support Instrument funding, new or expanded plasma collection centres are now working across the EU. So a heartfelt thanks goes out to those who have donated for many years and also to those who have joined this special community that quietly performs its selfless acts of solidarity each and every day. And on this particular day, my message remains: become a donor, you'll save lives. 

The full statement is available online.

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