Blood shortage concerns rise as hospitals tackle COVID-19 pandemic-driven surgical backlog

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    There’s an urgent need for blood donations in Canada, as hospitals race to clear surgical backlogs caused by COVID-19. There’s an estimated backlog of more than 700,000 surgeries across the country.

    But with those surgeries comes the need for blood, yet COVID-19 saw a reduction in the number of Canadians heading in to donate.

    Canadian Blood Services says it needs over 23,000 blood donors by the end of July to fill the gap. Jamie Maraucher reports on the concerns over a potential blood shortage.

    For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/8008095/canada-blood-donors-demand-summer/

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