• Thursday, May 30, 2024
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Home Coronavirus test kit available in days

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The public in the United Kingdom will be able to conduct Coronavirus antibody tests at home within a matter of days, rather than weeks and months, MPs have heard.

Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England (PHE) told the Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday that 3.5m tests had been bought and would be available in the “near future”.

She said the tests would also allow key workers – like doctors and nurses – to go back to work if they have developed antibodies.

Peacock explained a small number of tests would be tested in a laboratory before being distributed via Amazon and in places like Boots.