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CCP Virus Pandemic Restricts Organ Transplants in Australia

Australia saw fewer organ donations and transplants in 2020 than the previous year due to the impact of the CCP virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus. According to 2020 data revealed by the Commonwealth’s Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) there was a 12 percent decrease in the number of people receiving a transplant and a 16 percent decrease in the number of donors compared to 2019. “Most significantly, 18 percent fewer kidney transplants were performed, resulting in 153 fewer renal patients receiving the kidney transplant they need, “Mark Coulton, the federal minister responsible for the OTA, said. The transplant sector took precautionary measures at the start of the pandemic and suspended the adult kidney and pancreas transplant programs from late-March to mid-May. “This was due to the concern about hospitals being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients and also to prevent transplant patients at high risk being exposed to the virus,” the …