Coronavirus: UK government deal secures 10 million 'game changer' antibody tests

The United Kingdom's Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday laid out plans for'antibody certificates

The United Kingdom's Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday laid out plans for'antibody certificates

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.

Separately, he outlined preliminary findings from research involving antibody tests which suggest 5 per cent of people nationally, and 17 per cent in London, have already had the virus.

"We're not yet in a position to say that those who test positive in these antibody tests are immune from coronavirus".

This applies to England, with the devolved nations to make their own decisions on prioritisation of the tests that they will be allocated from the United Kingdom total.

They will learn more about who is most at risk from coronavirus, who is more likely to die and who is more likely to transmit it to others.

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. "We hope this testing will help us learn more about how the disease spreads in our community and who it has affected". There is also a possibility of a false positive if it's unlikely the patient has had COVID-19 based on exposure history or symptoms.

Commenting on the availability of the test from Superdrug, as well as one released by healthcare company Babylon for the same price, Professor Gino Martini, chief scientific officer at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: "Any antibody test at present can only provide a partial picture".

He also said trials had begun of a separate COVID-19 swab test by the United Kingdom company Optigene, showing if users now have the virus in less than 20 minutes. The trial will run for six weeks and test up to 4,000 people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Mr Hancock said: 'The technology is an important part, but it is not the only part'.

Anyone can get the test as long as they have a doctor's order.

"I wouldn't want people to think just because you test positive for the antibody that it necessarily means that you can do something different in terms of social distancing or the way you behave".

He said "All-cause mortality has come down at the same time as the COVID deaths have come down, and it is now at roughly the rate it is at in an average winter".

The test will be rolled out to a number of A&E departments without access to laboratories, GP coronavirus testing hubs and care homes across Hampshire.

On the Government's "test, track and trace" programme, Mr Hancock sought to play down the importance of the delayed app in the contact tracing process.

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