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AABB Member Benefit Learning Programs

21EL-601 - 21EL-601 On-Demand Hot Topic Discussion: COVID-19 Vaccines, PrEP, MSM – What You Need to Know Heading Into 2021

Expiration Date: Jan 6, 2024

Credits: None available.


Recorded Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021
Program Number: 21EL-601

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Intended Audience: COOs, Directors, Donor Recruitment Staff, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Basic, Intermediate

(affiliations at the time of the live program)
Moderator: Sharon Carayiannis, BSMT(ASCP)HP, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, AABB

  • Jed B. Gorlin, MD, MBA, Innovative Blood Resources
  • Brian Custer, PhD, MPH, Vitalant Research Institute
  • Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Food & Drug Administration

Program Description
Join us for an exciting discussion addressing key donor eligibility considerations as we head into 2021. First Dr. Jed Gorlin will outline considerations and strategies around the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on blood donation, including convalescent plasma donors. Then Dr. Brian Custer will provide a summary and next step for practices around HIV detection in the ART/PrEP era. Finally, Dr. Peter Marks will provide an update on the agency’s MSM deferral policies and current studies. Presentations will be followed by an engaging Q&A period where speakers will field questions from the audience.

Learning Objectives
After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Consider the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on blood donation and options for updating donor deferral policies.
  • Discuss the latest research on the impact of ART and PrEP on HIV detection in blood donors and donor deferrals.
  • Discuss the FDA’s approach to MSM donor deferrals and future studies to inform policy decisions.

This program is complimentary to AABB members.

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  • Jed B. Gorlin, MD, MBA, Innovative Blood Resources, division of New York Blood Center
  • Brian Custer, PhD. MPH, Vitalant Research Institute
  • Dr. Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA


  • 1.25 - General Continuing Education (GEN)
  • 1.25 - Florida Lab Personnel (FLP)
  • 1.25 - California Lab Personnel (CLP)

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