The 2021 edition of the Newsletter Transplant has just been published. It summarises comprehensive information and data for 2020 from 82 countries worldwide on donation and transplantation activities, management of waiting lists, organ donation refusals and authorised centres for transplantation activities.
The year 2020 was extremely challenging for healthcare systems in general. The COVID-19 pandemic had a heavy impact on patients’ access to care and treatment in Europe and worldwide. The surge of COVID patients put enormous strain on hospital services and healthcare professionals, forcing them to shift their resources toward fighting and treating the SARS-CoV-2 virus and controlling the pandemic, thus delaying other procedures. This also affected procedures like organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Europe.
For more information, read the press release: Newsletter Transplant 2021 – Data shows dramatic impact of COVID-19 pandemic.