Antibody tests could be ready in a month
Effective coronavirus antibody tests could be available in a month to six weeks, it has been suggested. National testing coordinator for the government, Professor John Newton, said he is ‘optimistic’ the tests could be ready by the end of May or early June. As more tests are being rolled out for those with symptoms of Covid-19, Professor Newton confirmed antibody tests – which detect whether a person has had coronavirus – are also in the pipeline. Speaking on the BBC, he said: ‘There has been a lot of work in antibody testing. We are optimistic that we will have a good antibody test when we need it.
Not many people would test positive for an antibody test right now. ‘There are antibody tests available now but we think there will be better tests, and we are not testing people until we have those.’ It comes as it was reported on Sunday the government has ordered 50 million new coronavirus immunity tests which could let Brits work and socialise as normal by June.
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Effective coronavirus antibody tests could be available in a month to six weeks
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