COVID-19 Resources

Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars

The COVID-19 webinars are freely available for everyone. Please click on the links to register. If you can't make it, the webinar recordings are available with open access on ISBT Education


SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Testing: Applications, Limitations and Implications for Blood BanksMike Busch (US), Christian Erikstrup (Denmark) and Hans Zaaijer (The Netherlands)June 11, 2020
Live Journal Club: Impact of COVID-19 on blood centres in Zhejiang province ChinaYanli Ji, Xiaofan Zheng (China)June 30, 2020
Convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients: donor-, product- and patient challenges Silvano Wendel (Brazil), Evan Bloch (US)July 15, 2020

Recordings of COVID-19 webinars

Can we secure the blood supply in COVID-19? The Hong Kong experience

This webinar was held by Cheuk-Kwong Lee, Chief Executive and Medical Director of the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service. The aim of the webinar was to share the Hong Kong experience in securing the blood supply during the epidemy in February 2020. The Hong Kong Blood Service had to restore and gain public confidence to give blood during this difficult period.

Click here to watch the recording of the webinar on ISBT Education

Click on the link to download CK Lee's ppt presentation

Blood supply during the outbreak of coronavirus: Experience from Guangzhou Blood Center

Yongshui Fu from the Guangzhou Blood Center presents how the blood center dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Click here to watch the recording of the webinar on ISBT Education.

Update on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak: Blood Collection and Safety Implications

Hua Shan, Louis M Katz and the TTID WP Chair Mike Busch held a webinar on the the most recent Coronavirus Outbreak. The speakers discussed the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and potential recommendations for blood safety interventions and needed research on levels of RNA/infectious virus in blood and consequent TT risk and PRT efficacy. 

Click here to watch the recording of the webinar on ISBT Education

Click on the link to download the ppt presentation

Useful links

COVID-19 Publications

  1. Convalescent Plasma to Treat COVID-19John D. Roback, Jeannette GuarnerJAMA. March 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4940
  2. Treatment of 5 Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 With Convalescent PlasmaChenguang Shen, Zhaoqin Wang, Fang Zhao et alJAMA. March 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4783
  3. The convalescent sera option for containing COVID-19Arturo Casadevall and Liise-anne PirofskiThe Journal of Clinical Investigation March 13, 2020, 10.1172/JCI138003
  4. The feasibility of convalescent plasma therapy in severe COVID-19 patients: a pilot studyKai Duan et alMedRxiv, March 23, 2020
  5. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in ChinaZunyou Wu, Jennifer M. McGooganJAMA. February 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2648
  6. Inactivation of Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus in human plasma using amotosalen and ultraviolet A lightSalwa I. Hindawi et alTransfusion. 2018 Jan;58(1):52-59. doi: 10.1111/trf.14422

Guidance and regulatory documents per WHO region


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Eszter Herczenik

Scientific officer, ISBT