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About Blood Centers of America (BCA)

BCA is the nation’s largest blood supply network, providing over 50 percent of the nation’s blood supply.  This national organization is comprised of over 60 independent community blood centers with a deep local commitment to the communities and patients they serve.

The BCA network encompasses over 500 collection and testing sites across the United States.  In addition to meeting the transfusion needs of the communities they serve, BCA members provide human blood products, custom collections, cell processing, testing, storage, distribution and other services to the therapeutic, diagnostic and cell therapy industries.  BCA members actively collect and provide critical raw materials for manufacturing of autologous and allogeneic cell-based therapies.  Collectively BCA’s members interact with nearly three million individual blood donors annually.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCA has optimized the collection of convalescent plasma donations from those recovered from COVID-19. The donated blood is processed, and the plasma and antibodies are delivered intravenously to people actively battling the COVID-19 virus. BCA is a partner of Operation Warp Speed (OWS) in helping to provide one of the few effective EUA therapies to combat COVID-19.  OWS is an interagency program that includes involvement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Department of Defense (DOD), and other public agencies for the development of COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic treatments.

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