Positive results for UK’s COVID-19 antibody test

Sruthi Vibhavari

United Kingdom’s Rapid Test Consortium (RTC), in partnership with Oxford University and other leading diagnostic firms developed a COVID-19 antibody test that takes 20 minutes to give results. The first major trial passed with 98.6% accuracy.

These finger-prick tests could tell if a person has ever been exposed to the Coronavirus, within 20 minutes. Human trials were conducted in late June, reports say.

These antibody tests are being called game-changers for their exceptional speed as compared to regular antibody tests. So far, the results via a regular antibody test kit take days.

The UK-RTC is now working to ensure quick approval of the test from the British Government and related authorities, so that test kits can be produced for use.

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However, experts in the health care opine that these tests do not guarantee whether the presence of antibodies indicates immunity from being re-infected.

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