Jan 20, 2021, 7:49 PM
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Iran owns 10% of world’s rare blood types storage: Official

Tehran, Jan 20, IRNA – The director general of the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO) said on Wednesday that there are only about 4,000 units of rare blood types stored in the world, 350 of which (about 10%) belongs to Iran.

In a ceremony to appreciate the donors of rare blood types, Peyman Eshqi said 23 countries are official members of the international Society of Blood Transfusion’s rare blood donor working party (ISBT WP) and Iran is the only Muslim country among them.

The US, the UK, Finland, France, China, Germany, Taiwan, and the Netherlands are some of the member states of the group, he said.

He added that the information of 8,000 rare-blood-type donors has been collected, 1,400 of which belong to Iran.  

He also said that the ceremony was to be held sooner but was delayed to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic.  

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