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[Correspondence] Blood shortages and donation in China

In China, blood shortage is an important issue that has not been adequately addressed. Insufficient blood donation in China is regarded as the main reason for the shortage. Statistics from the Ministry of Health of China suggest that only 9·5% of the eligible Chinese population donated blood in 2014,1 which is lower than the rate recommended by WHO. Coupled with the high demand for blood in clinical medicine at present, the blood shortage presents a serious challenge to blood supply and public health in China.

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