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Our newsroom is a collection of media resources about the services we provide to Canadians, as well as major topics and events of significance to our organization and industry. Explore the latest news releases and articles we’ve published, if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please contact: media@blood.ca | 1-877-709-7773

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Blueprint for greater security of immunoglobulins for patients in Canada


Wednesday, September 07, 2022
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News release
Sept. 7, 2022 (OTTAWA) – In response to an ongoing global shortage of immunoglobulins and risks to cross-border supply chains made further evident by the pandemic, Canadian Blood Services is announcing a blueprint for action to ensure patients in Canada continue to have long-term access to these lifesaving therapies.

Response to Public Interest in our Plasma Operations


Friday, August 12, 2022
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Statement
There has been public speculation about plasma collection in Canada and what Canadian Blood Services is doing. We want to clarify.

World unites for Tribute to Life


Thursday, July 28, 2022
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News release
July 28, 2022 (OTTAWA) – The Commonwealth Tribute to Life project creates a framework for Commonwealth nations to share knowledge and expertise for the purpose of improving organ and tissue donation and transplantation systems around the world, with the aim of saving more lives.

Every donation matters following the nationwide Rogers outage


Saturday, July 09, 2022
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Statement
Canadian Blood Services was one of many organizations affected by the recent nationwide Rogers outage. Several platforms, including blood.ca and the GiveBlood App were unavailable from the morning of Friday, July 8 to Saturday, July 9. The daylong outage affected wireless, cable and internet

Banking of cord blood for transplant temporarily suspended


Friday, June 17, 2022
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Statement
Beginning June 20, 2022, Canadian Blood Services will suspend processing and banking of new cord blood donations for approximately three months.

Number of blood donors plummets during COVID-19 to lowest point in a decade


Monday, June 13, 2022
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News release
JUNE 13, 2022 (OTTAWA) – Fewer regular donors during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the smallest donor base in a decade and has stalled efforts by Canadian Blood Services to replenish a critically low national blood inventory.

Canadian Blood Services welcomes Richard C. Smith as Chief Information Officer


Monday, May 30, 2022
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Statement
Canadian Blood Services is pleased to welcome Richard C. Smith as chief information officer (CIO), following an extensive national search.

Canadian Blood Services seeks to update blood donor eligibility through latest Health Canada submission


Friday, May 27, 2022
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Statement
Canadian Blood Services’ goal is to ensure the safety and sufficiency of Canada’s blood and plasma supplies while also maximizing participation in Canada’s Lifeline. One way we do this is by regularly reviewing our eligibility criteria against the latest scientific evidence, as well as advancements

Empty beds strain blood inventory


Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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News release
MAY 17, 2022 (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services is feeling the strain to collect blood, platelets, and plasma following an increase in appointment cancellations and low attendance at donor centres across Canada.