Red Cross: U.S. blood supply is 'dangerously low'

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The American Red Cross is calling on healthy donors across the United States to give blood, as the country's supply is "dangerously low."

In a joint statement, the Red Cross, the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies, and America's Blood Centers said the U.S. blood supply "remains at one of its lowest levels in recent years," and many blood centers have "reported less than a one day supply of blood of certain critical blood types — a dangerously low level." In the U.S., more than 45,000 units of blood are needed daily.

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