The World Apheresis Association board has recently met by teleconference and has agreed to move the date of the 17th International Congress which was scheduled for October 17-20, 2020 to  the fall of 2021, as it seems unlikely that the current course of the pandemic will permit a live meeting much before that time.

The  scientific organizing committee will oversee this activity and also plans to hold  a webinar toward the end of this year which will address issues related to Covid 19 and apheresis. This will include information both on therapeutic apheresis procedures on patients and also the collection of convalescent plasma. Further information on this session will be sent to you shortly.

In the meantime, and as our bylaws permit, the current executive will continue in their elected roles with the new board,  as elected this spring, taking over at the next Congress in 2021.

It is intended that this will be in Istanbul as previously planned and further details will be sent to all member societies and posted on our web site as they become available.

Stay tuned and stay safe and see you in 2021 in Istanbul!.

A letter from the World Apheresis Association to the World Health Organization

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