Superdrug now selling coronavirus antibody tests for £69

Coronavirus – Thu

Coronavirus – Thu

Britain on Thursday announced it had signed deals to buy more than 10 million coronavirus antibody tests from pharmaceutical firms Roche and Abbott for distribution to frontline healthcare workers.

They will initially be offered to NHS staff and care workers but some patients will be able to request them via their doctors.

"The UK government has arranged supplies of these tests on behalf of the devolved administrations and each devolved nation is deciding how to use its test allocation and how testing will be prioritised and managed locally".

Mr Hancock said: 'This is an important milestone, and it represents further progress in our national testing programme'.

The government has announced the start of trials for a new test to see if people have coronavirus, with results processed on site within 20 minutes.

With a population of 8.9 million, the data mean roughly 1.5 million Londoners have had the disease during the crisis and produced antibodies that will fight the virus if they encounter the disease in the future.

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"Antibody surveillance study tells us 17 percent of people in London and 5 percent or higher in the rest of country have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies".

This antigen test, showing whether you now have the virus, is different to antibody tests, which show if you have already had the virus.

It was launched yesterday in a trial involving 4000 patients in Hampshire who will be swabbed at GP surgeries, hospitals and care homes.

Public Health England (PHE) also then said last week that scientists at its Porton Down facility had carried out an independent evaluation of the Roche test.

England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, told the briefing the total number of deaths from all causes was now down to the rate in an average winter.

The Government's testing coordinator has urged the public not to rely on home antibody tests available at Superdrug.

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Johnson previously described antibody tests as a "game-changer" in the response to the virus.

But studies are still underway to determine what antibody level would be needed for immunity.

Immunity certificates for people to prove they are protected against coronavirus are being looked at by the Government in an effort to get people back to work.

There has been some suggestion that immunity could last for two to three years but more work needs to be done.

It has also been noted that we are not yet clear on how much protection antibodies give us against the virus.

Abbott's data has so far shown that the test, which can be used at the point of care and produces results in minutes, finds positive cases of COVID-19 almost 95% of the time when compared with two other tests performed in laboratories.

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