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NCBB Response to Updated FDA Guidance to Address the Need for Blood During the Pandemic

Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) is very pleased with the modified rules for criteria to donate blood issued by the FDA on April 2, 2020. These changes allow for the re-entry of thousands of individuals to the donor pool who were previously deferred. 

The changes will allow the following;

  • HIV risk behavior deferrals will be shortened to 3 months
  • Deferral for travel to an area of a country where there is a risk of contracting malaria will also be shortened to 3 months
  • Deferral for time adding up to 5 years or more spent in European countries and military bases in Europe, previously considered to be a risk for contacting variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (vCJD) or the human version of Mad Cow Disease, will be eliminated. Please note that time adding up to 3 months or more in the UK from 1980-1996 is still a permanent deferral.

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