Blood Donations

Health
American Red Cross starts tests for Covid-19 antibodies in blood donations
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The American Red Cross has announced that it'll test "all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies" for a limited amount of time.

The goal is to give donors feedback if they have been exposed to the virus. Patients will be able to see their test results through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at their donor portal at redcross.org.

Law
Brazil: Court overturns restrictions for blood donations by gay and bisexual men

The supreme court in Brazil has, after four years in court, decided to overturn the current rules for blood donations of gay and bisexual men. Currently, these men are prohibited from donating blood for 12 months after having sex with other men. The decision eliminates this waiting period and was made with seven of eleven votes in favor of the elimination.

Health
Northern Ireland: Gay and bisexual men will be able to donate blood three months after last sexual activity

In a change of policy Northern Ireland is planning on changing the rules for blood donations by gay and bisexual men. The health minister, Robin Swann, said that the decision to change the time period from one year down to three months was based on "evidence regarding the safety of donated blood". Every blood is getting tested after the donation and he said that it's "important for every donor to comply with any deferral rules that apply to them". The chances are planned to take effect from June on.

Politics • American • Canada
New Brunswick stays at 11 cases - no new infections

Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, has announced that the Canadian Province New Brunswick has no new confirmed or presumptive cases of the coronavirus and remains at eleven. She also announced that schools will continue to stay closed until April 10th and that blood donations are needed. She assured that blood could be donated safely and additional precautions are in place, but that blood donations are especially needed during pandemic times.