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COVID-19 cancels blood drives across nation, raises concerns over shortages

A woman donates blood as a part of the blood drive at the Harrison Red Line stop, as a part of The CTA’s partnership with Vitalent to transform the Red Line into the ‘Blood Line’ in 2019.

Cailey Gleeson, Nation & World Editor

April 19, 2020

As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, another potential health crisis looms – blood shortages. American Red Cross reported an “unprecedented” number of cancellations as nearly 2,700 blood drives were cancelled around the nation as a result of the pandemic, per a Ma...

CTA raises awareness for Chicago’s low blood supply

A woman donates blood as a part of the blood drive at the Harrison Red Line stop, as a part of The CTA’s partnership with Vitalent to transform the Red Line into the ‘Blood Line’ in 2019.

Marty O'Connell, Contributing Writer

January 28, 2019

If you’re waiting for the Red Line in the coming weeks, you might notice a peculiar advertisement wrapped around the train cars: a message that, in big bold letters, declares the train cars the “Blood Line.” This is part of a blood drive campaign the company Vitalent formed to run throughout the c...

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