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Covid-19: Antibody tests to be made available on the NHS

Deal with pharmaceutical giants Roche, UK government announces.

The antibody virus tests will be available through the NHS with the prime minister’s official spokesman telling reporters: “The tests will be free for people who need them, as you would expect.”

The government have stated that NHS and other key healthcare workers will be the first in line to receive the test kits.

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche will be making the antibodies to the UK government aswell as other European nations, it has been confirmed.

The tests have been given 100% approval by Public Health England after scientists did testing last week confirming their approval.

The testing was sought after England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, promised a self-testing kit would be made as UK death figures reached 36,000.

Yesterday, Superdrug became the first High Street retailer to offer the antibody test costing £69. However, tests through the NHS will be free.

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, is expected to give more information at the daily press conference this evening from Downing Street.



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