The UK government is planning to distribute millions of free coronavirus antibody tests after successful secret trials, according to reports.
The finger-prick tests, which can tell within 20 minutes if a person has ever been exposed to the coronavirus, were found to be 98.6% accurate in human trials held in June, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The test was developed by the UK Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC), a partnership between Oxford University and leading UK diagnostics firms.
Sir John Bell, Oxford’s regius professor of medicine and head of the government’s antibody testing programme, was quoted by the Telegraph as saying: “This rapid test appears to be truly amazing, and it shows we can do this ourselves.”
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