The Canadian Press

2002-11-20 | Blood Safety Red Cross

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The Canadian Red Cross said it came as a surprise to have been charged in the tainted-blood scandal of the 1980's. The RCMP laid charges against the Red Cross, four doctors and a US pharmaceutical company for their parts in the blood product controversy. Thousands of Canadians became infected with HIV and Hepatitis C before screening was introduced in 1985. Red Cross CEO Doctor Pierre Duplessis (do-pleh-SEE') said his organization was very sorry for what happened and he hoped the charges wouldn't affect the Red Cross's ability to continue helping people.

Date: 2002-11-20
Placeline: OTTAWA, Ontario.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 19 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << it is certainly not pleasant it is a concern to us but I am confident that the Canadian public will make and is making the different and I hope the Canadians will understand the work we're doing is vitally important and that the reference today is not the Red Cross which was it in the 1980s >>


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