Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis comments on World Blood Donor Day 2018

European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis comments on World Blood Donor Day 2018, urging young people to step forward and donate blood in order to keep the blood banks “constantly replenished”.

In a statement on World Blood Donor Day 2018, Andriukaitis said: “Let us remember that blood is the lifeline that connects us and that we all have a pivotal role to play in donating blood to help save lives.”

He explained that blood transfusions are “a vital medical intervention used worldwide to treat a wide variety of disorders, both in emergency and non-emergency settings”.

The majority of these disorders can be life-threatening without a timely blood transfusion, which is why, he stressed, “the immediate availability of safe donor blood is paramount”.