Britain has agreed a deal to accumulate antibody assessments, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned on Thursday, saying the assessments could be free and well being and care employees could be prioritised.
Mass antibody testing is being thought-about by many international locations as a method to velocity the reopening of economies devastated by lockdowns and to introduce extra tailor-made social distancing measures.
Britain has been in talks with Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG to purchase an correct COVID-19 antibody take a look at, following the lead of the European Union and United States which have already given preliminary approval to the assessments.
“Have we now agreed a deal on the antibody testing? The reply to that’s sure,” the spokesman informed reporters, including that well being minister Matt Hancock would provide extra particulars afterward Thursday.
The antibody assessments – often known as a serology take a look at – present who has been contaminated, though it’s not but clear whether or not the presence of antibodies to the brand new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, confers everlasting immunity.
Earlier this month, the spokesman mentioned there was the opportunity of issuing some sort of certificates based mostly on immunity however that scientists nonetheless wanted to know extra about that topic space.
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