Free antibody tests will be made available on NHS

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	Superdrug criticised over £70 coronavirus anti-body test			 0					By		LLB Reporter		 		at				12:00

Wiki Superdrug criticised over £70 coronavirus anti-body test 0 By LLB Reporter at 12:00

Professor John Newton, national co-ordinator of the United Kingdom coronavirus testing programme, said although it was still unclear to what extent the presence of antibodies indicates immunity to COVID-19, it was still a "very positive" development.

A spokesman said, "The test is not intended for use as a home test and it should not be conducted with a finger stick blood sample".

Another antibody test being pioneered by Oxford University could be available by the end of May, according to Professor John Newton, the UK's national testing co-ordinator.

"Superdrug seems to be playing on people's fears and that's not right".

Superdrug doctor ambassador, Dr Zoe Williams, added: "Now that Public Health England have approved certain antibody tests, it is great that Superdrug are offering the validated test to its customers".

Fovargue supports the use of community pharmacies for testing because "they have both the expertise and knowledge of their communities, which puts them in an ideal position to both test and discuss any issues". However, the test's "sensitivity" rating is 97.5 per cent, meaning it can occasionally miss antibodies. 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.

The Elecsys laboratory-based test requires a blood sample to be taken by a health professional.

They differ from antigen - or swab tests - which can determine whether someone now has the virus.

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Antigen tests are used to diagnose HIV, malaria and flu. "We just don't know enough about what it takes to make someone immune to Covid-19 to accurately test people".

It detects the IgG, which is the protein that develops after infection, and if positive, it means that the person tested had the virus at some point. Each devolved administration will be able to decide how to use the tests.

"As a UKAS accredited laboratory, TDL have a responsibility to carry out validation test, they conducted an internal study using sample provided from patients that have previously tested positive using a PCR swab test to Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2)". The results are then available from Superdrug Online Doctor within 24 hours of the sample reaching the lab.

Michael Henry, Superdrug's Healthcare Director comments "We're launching a Covid-19 antibody test because we're confident of its accuracy and reliability".

A high street retailer has become the latest to offer a DIY kit to test for Covid-19 antibodies. These people will be informed that they don't have antibodies but can test again at another time if they wish.

England's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, last week promised the tests would be rolled out "rapidly". Now that we know COVID-19 patients do indeed produce antibodies against the virus, the CDC and several commercial manufacturers have developed serology or antibody tests for COVID-19.

That failure was a significant setback because it had been hoped the antibody tests would show who had already built up immunity, therefore offering a swifter route out of lockdown.

But some experts have urged caution over the test, with one saying that antibody tests for Covid-19 are "good for satisfying people's curiosity but no more".

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