Outstanding families and individuals joining blood donation drives are honored annually.

A man donates his blood.

More than 1.4 million blood units were collected last year despite COVID-19, of which 99 percent came from voluntary donors.

Such donors account for nearly 1.5 percent of the population, tripling the amount recorded in 2007, the Red Cross Society said.

World Blood Donor Day takes place on June 14 every year.

Frequent and repeated blood donations and large volumes are safe as recommended by the World Health Organization. Vietnam needs around 1.9 million units of blood each year.

Source: VNA