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UK Government offering antibody tests to the public for the first time

The UK Government has confirmed that antibody tests will be widely offered to the public for the first time in a new programme that aims to find out more people’s natural protection after getting Covid-19.

The scheme will offer the tests to thousands of adults across the UK every day.

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Anyone over the age of 18 will be able to opt in for an antibody test while registering for a PCR test.

The first finger-prick test will be done as soon as possible after testing positive for the virus, so the body would not have sufficient time to generate a detectable antibody response.

The second test will be taken four weeks (28 days) later and measure the antibodies generated in response to the virus.

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The UK Health Security Agency will work alongside NHS test and trace services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will use results to monitor levels of antibodies in positive cases.

The UK Department of Health said as well as helping to improve the understanding about antibody protection, the scheme will be able to give information about any groups of people who did not develop an immune response after getting Covid-19.

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