ASTCT, along with 20 other organizations and institutions, signed a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services this week, urging officials to ensure the on-time delivery of absolutely essential, life-saving therapies to those most in need during this unprecedented worldwide crisis. As travel restrictions change to combat the spread of COVID-19, leaders in the transplantation and cellular therapy community ask that military support be provided for the transport of these life-saving products. From the letter:
We understand that you and the members of the Administration are under tremendous strain during these incredibly challenging times. The COVID-19 crisis has forced all of us to rapidly adapt to the changing healthcare landscape. NMDP communicates daily with providers at Transplant Centers throughout its network and knows its Network partners are doing their absolute best to care for patients currently going through the arduous bone marrow transplantation (BMT) process. They are now faced with making very difficult decisions, in collaboration with their patients and families, as to which patients can delay their treatment or for whom alternative therapies can be considered. Other patients, however, have no other course of treatment but a life-saving transplant.
To read the full letter, click here.