“With a national blood shortage due to COVID-19, U.S. senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to lift restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

“For the first time, the nation’s leading blood donation organizations, including the Red Cross, have declared a national blood supply crisis due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the senators, led by Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, wrote in the letter, released Thursday. We urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to quickly act on the best available science and update its outdated and discriminatory blood donor deferral policies for men who have sex with men (MSM), a long overdue step that would dramatically increase the eligible donor base.”

The letter is addressed to Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock…”

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