Government Launching Antibody Testing Programme for Those Who Test Covid Positive

8,000 Brits who test positive for Covid next week will be sent antibody testing kits as part of a new Government programme seeking to identify people’s levels of protection against different Covid variants. Sky News has the story.

From Tuesday, anyone aged 18 or over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, will be able to opt in to the programme when receiving a PCR test.

If a participant tests positive for Covid then they will be sent two finger prick antibody tests to complete at home and send back for analysis. …

Up to 8,000 people will be rolled [sic] in the programme, according [to] the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which is running it.

UKHSA, working alongside NHS Test and Trace, will use the results to monitor antibody levels in positive cases.

According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the programme will be the first time antibody tests have been made available to the general public.

The scheme could help DHSC build up information on groups of people who don’t develop an immune response after vaccination or infection.

The data could be used to “inform the ongoing approach to the pandemic and give further insight into the effectiveness of vaccines on new variants,” DHSC said.

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