"This tragedy highlights the importance of always having blood available on the shelf and before its needed," said the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.
"A blood shortage is huge and people are dying because they need blood," the dispensary's owner Jerry Millen told Newsweek.
A medical director for the American Red Cross spoke with Newsweek about the organization's worst blood shortage in over a decade.
There's been a 62 percent drop in college and high school blood drives due to the pandemic. Overall, the Red Cross said donations dropped 10 percent since 2020.
The outright lifetime ban was implemented in 1992 after thousands of Canadians became infected with HIV after being exposed to contaminated blood products.
Air Force veteran Marcos Perez has been celebrated as he's donated his blood regularly for more than 37 years.
"The truck itself looks to be a total loss," Knoxville-based blood center MEDIC said, adding that staff were "very grateful" no one was injured.
With Muslims unable to attend Mosque due to social distancing rules, Muslims for Life has partnered with the Red Cross to provide venues for blood drives.
Blood donations have dropped due to the coronavirus epidemic. Dropping the ban against gay and bi men could produce 300,000 pints of blood annually, potentially saving a million lives.
Some donation centers are still turning away gay and bisexual men because the centers haven't updated questionnaires and computer systems or trained staff to do otherwise.
The United States Food and Drug Administration released a modified set of guidelines for blood donors on Thursday.
Senator Bernie Sanders joined 16 Democratic senators in asking the FDA to drop the "antiquated and stigmatizing" deferral policy for men who have sex with men.
As large layoffs loom, budget cuts mean that local services will no longer be available past early November.
James Harrison has donated his blood almost once a week for sixty years.
If your blood type is O negative or B negative, the Red Cross really wants to see you at a blood drive. Soon.
Lance Bass would like to donate blood to help Vegas victims, but he can't.
Rules banning homosexual and bisexual men from donating blood were enforced in the 80s.
On World Blood Donor Day, LGBT activists ask federal health officials to reverse an antiquated public health policy enforced at the height of the AIDS crisis.