Britain signs deals for 10 million antibody tests from Roche and Abbott

Coronavirus – Thu

Coronavirus – Thu

He said the new swab test "is interesting to us because it is so fast", adding: "You get the result on the spot".

Hancock also used this evening's press conference to say that the government had agreed a deal for COVID-19 anti-body tests on the NHS.

The antibody test is a blood test that looks for antibodies in the blood to see whether a person has had the virus.

A coronavirus test that gives results in 20 minutes is being trialled, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced. A dozen companies have already been reviewed and authorized by the FDA to sell the tests after meeting requirements for accuracy and reliability.

This could allow an elderly patient with a positive result to go to hospital for hip surgery, in the knowledge that they were highly unlikely to catch the virus on the ward.

"What we don't absolutely know at the moment is whether having antibodies, and having the antibodies that are tested in those tests, means that you won't get the virus again".

Sites in Philadelphia are still prioritizing tests for people with coronavirus symptoms who are hospitalized, have chronic medical conditions, reside or work in congregate settings, are essential workers, or are close contacts of those in cluster cases.

Superdrug have said they are confident with the accuracy of the antibody test they are selling.

"As the Government acknowledges, of course, there are still unknowns. Knowing you have these antibodies will help us to understand in the future if you are at lower risk of catching coronavirus, dying from coronavirus and of transmitting coronavirus".

Global COVID-19 cases cross 5 mn: Johns Hopkins
China , ground zero of the virus, has registered 84,063 cases so far and its death toll continues to stand at 4,638. The UK is reportedly one of them, however, the NHS has warned that the country is "running out of time".

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He cautioned it could take up to 28 days after someone is infected before the test can properly confirm if a person did have the virus.

The antibody tests will be free to access through the National Health Service and care workers would be prioritized, Slack said.

These could include key workers - teachers, train drivers or prison staff. The tests, produced by Roche and Abbott, will be produced over the next several months, Reuters reported.

However, it is now not clear if testing positive for coronavirus antibodies translates to permanent immunity.

The discrepancy between the total United Kingdom figure and the individual home nations is due to each authority calculating their deaths in different ways and at different times.

The test has proved effective in early trials and will now be trialed more rigorously on greater numbers of people in the hope it could be rolled out across the rest of the country.

In England, health and social care staff will be asked by their employer whether they want to have an antibody test.

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