'Tiny risk' of vCJD sees ban lift on UK blood donors

British people have been prevented from giving blood in Australia for more than 20 years

From Monday, eligible people who were in the UK in the 80s and 90s will be able to donate blood in Australia again.

That’s because the risk of acquiring variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) from blood transfusions in Australia is incredibly tiny.

We calculated that risk was about one in 1.4 billion, publishing our research in the journal Vox Sanguinis.

The removal of restrictions, which have been in place for more