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China Daily / 2020-05 / 23 / Page008

Health workers first in line for antibody tests in Britain

By Julian Shea in London and Ren Qi in Moscow | China Daily | Updated: 2020-05-23 00:00

Workers in Britain's National Health Service, or NHS, and the care sector will be given priority when novel coronavirus antibody tests become available, it has been announced, after the government reached an agreement with pharmaceutical company Roche.

The tests, which show if someone has had COVID-19, will be made "free for people who need them" with health and care workers being first in line. However, NHS England's National Medical Director Stephen Powis said the test does not necessarily show if someone who has antibodies has developed immunity.

At a media conference on Thursday, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 10 million tests will be made available, for free on the NHS, over the coming months.

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