May 4, 2020 / 9:53 AM / 23 days ago

BRIEF-German health minister says ethics panel to weigh in on use of antibody tests to limit people's movements

May 4 (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG:

* CHAIRMAN FRANZ SAYS TO INVEST MORE THAN 400 MILLION EUROS IN GERMAN FACILITIES, INCLUDING TO HELP MAKE CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TESTS AND FOR DIAGNOSTICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

* GERMAN HEALTH MINISTER SPAHN SAYS ROCHE WILL DELIVER 3 MILLION ANTIBODY TESTS TO GERMANY IN MAY, AFTER THAT 5 MILLION MONTHLY

* GERMAN HEALTH MINISTER SPAHN SAYS ANTIBODY TESTS WILL HELP DETERMINE THE PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION THAT HAS BEEN INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS, QUESTIONS REMAIN OVER WHETHER ANTIBODIES CONFER IMMUNITY

* GERMAN HEALTH MINISTER SPAHN SAYS COALITION WILL WAIT UNTIL ETHICS PANEL EXAMINES POTENTIAL FOR IMMUNITY PASSPORTS BEFORE CONSIDERING RULES TO LIMIT OR ALLOW FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT BASED ON ANTIBODY EVIDENCE

* CHAIRMAN FRANZ SAYS ANTIBODY TESTS INCLUDING LABORATORY FEES, PERSONNEL WILL COST SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN “A FEW HUNDRED EUROS”, SAYS PATIENTS WILL BE ABLE TO PAY OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETBOOK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by John Miller)

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