NHS enlisting volunteers for wide-ranging trial of coronavirus antibody kits
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NHS enlisting volunteers for wide-ranging trial of coronavirus antibody kits

Thousands of volunteers are needed to test the reliability of Covid-19 home-based antibody testing kits.

At least 2,500 people are being recruited for the trials, the Government has said.

The Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are enlisting NHS staff and other key workers to test a finger-prick blood test.

A spokeswoman said: “We are working with Public Health England and the MHRA to recruit volunteers from the NHS and wider public service for a study exploring the potential of home-based antibody tests.

“No reliable home test has yet been found, and we do not know whether antibodies indicate immunity from reinfection or transmission.

“This research is part of our ongoing surveillance work to increase our understanding of how to tackle this virus.”

Patients who have tested positive for the virus previously, alongside workers who have found to be negative, will be enrolled.

The Government said it was “essential that we understand exactly how effective these home kits are when used by the public, and how easy they are to use”.

A variety of the rapid response kits are to be studied.

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