The October issue of Transplantation Direct is our largest issue to date, with over 25 articles offered this month. Among the many highlights of this issue is the publication of practical clinical guidelines on dealing with COVID in transplantation. We have three interesting and instructive case reports. There are several articles in heart, lung, liver and kidney transplantation that will capture your interest, including a variety of clinical issues, organ donation, organ allocation policies, patient education, financial aspects of organ transplantation and use of machine learning for optimal allograft utilization. Biliary complications in liver transplantation are of ever-increasing interest, and this is addressed in the current issue. Another hot issue covered in different articles is optimizing the use of machine perfusion methods in organ transplantation. There is also a strong representation of studies in pediatric transplantation. This is an exciting issue that offers articles across a broad spectrum of transplantation - please visit our open access Transplantation Direct website to get all the details.
Despite high vaccine coverage and effectiveness, the incidence of symptomatic infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been increasing in Israel. Whether the increasing incidence of infection is due to waning immunity after the receipt of two doses of the BNT162b2 vaccine is unclear.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on transplantation activity in the United States and globally. Several single center reports suggest higher morbidity and mortality among candidates waitlisted for a kidney transplant as well as recipients of a kidney transplant. We aim to describe 2020 mortality patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States among kidney transplant candidates and recipients.