July 18, 2020 / 12:09 AM / 19 days ago

COVID-19 antibody test passes first major trials in UK with 98.6% accuracy- Telegraph

July 18 (Reuters) - British ministers are making plans to distribute millions of free coronavirus antibody tests after a version backed by the UK government passed its first major trials, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported late on Friday.

The fingerprick tests, which can tell within 20 minutes if a person has ever been exposed to the coronavirus, were found to be 98.6% accurate in secret human trials held in June, the newspaper bit.ly/32qIpt3 reported.

It added the test was developed by Oxford University in partnership with leading UK diagnostics firms. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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