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Dozens of USFK service members donate blood amid low supplies over COVID-19

Defense 16:23 July 21, 2021

By Oh Seok-min

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) -- Dozens of American service members stationed in South Korea donated blood Wednesday to help ensure stable and diverse supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said.

The U.S. military hosted a blood drive at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, some 70 kilometers south of Seoul, in partnership with the Korean National Red Cross, and more than 60 individuals donated blood, according to USFK.

"Since the onset of COVID-19, an unprecedented number of blood drives were canceled, resulting in an opportunity for Korean and U.S. Forces to work together and negate this shortage of available blood and blood products in South Korea," USFK said in a statement.

The donation is expected to help diverse blood supplies in South Korea, given that around 20 percent of the U.S. population has an Rh-negative blood type, with the comparable figure for South Korea 0.3 percent, USFK said, adding that the donated blood will be used at civilian and military hospitals throughout the country.

"USFK demonstrates deep support of our alliance in blood donation support to Korean troops and families. USFK is planning regularly scheduled blood drives to help stabilize the country's blood supply," the U.S. military said.

This photo provided by the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) shows an American service member donating blood during at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on July 21, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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