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25 March 2020

Sharon Peacock tells Science and Technology Select Committee that antibody testing will be available to general public 'in the near future'

Summary

Professor Sharon Peacock appears before the select committee on 25 March 2020. In the daily briefing on 24 March, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK government has bought 3.5 million antibody tests for COVID-19 but gives no timing for their arrival. The antibody tests will 'will allow people to see whether they have had the virus and are immune to it and can go back to work'. On 25 March, Professor Peacock tells the Science and Technology Select Committee that antibody testing will be available to the general public 'in the near future'. She says, 'Yes. I think 3.5 million have been ordered – that is the amount we have – and further millions are being ordered today [...] once we are assured that they work they will be rolled out to the community. We are rolling out a programme alongside that to check that they work in the field, in people’s homes.' When asked if by the beginning of the following week, members of the public should be able to order their home tests and test themselves, Professor Peacock responds that 'in the near future, people will be able to order a test whereby they can test themselves or go to Boots, or somewhere similar, to have their finger-prick test done'.

Source(s)

Guardian article 

Parliament.uk committee oral evidence