Blood Donations Are Needed As Pandemic Strains Supply

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The pandemic has strained the national blood supply and donations are needed.

Dr. Richard Kaufman is a Medical Director at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He said there's a growing number of elective surgeries that require blood transfusions, and those interested in donating should go online to set up an appointment.

"There is a very broad and important need for blood," Dr. Kaufman said. "If you qualify, then I think it's a really great thing to do for the community."

Prior to the pandemic, according to Dr. Kaufman, the United States has about a three-day blood supply.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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