As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world, many countries are experiencing shortages of blood reserves for meeting urgent needs.

“Many countries are facing shortages at blood banks, and we as Kizilay [Turkish Red Crescent] in Turkey have also been recently experiencing the same challenge due to low voluntary blood donations amid coronavirus lockdowns,” Dr. Kerem Kinik, head of the Turkish Red Crescent Society, told Anadolu Agency.

The lockdowns are affecting the movements of blood donors across the world. As a result, the supply chain has been disturbed and the pandemic has led to a shortage in

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