UK Government Ministers have ordered production of up to 50 million new immunity tests as part of what experts hope will be a ‘game-changing’ development in the battle against Covid-19.
A breakthrough by a team of top British scientists means that, by June, people could be able to reliably test whether they have developed immunity to the virus – and then be allowed to return to work and socialise as normal.
The Government is expected to buy up the new tests for use in order of priority, starting with key workers. The consortium’s leader Jonathan Allis said: ‘We are close to picking up 100 per cent of all cases where people have antibodies. Now it is just a question of scaling up the manufacturing process.’
A Government source said: ‘This could be the game changer – a breakthrough moment to help us turn the tide on the virus.’