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U.K. Clears Roche Antibody Test in ‘Important Breakthrough’

  • Test was deemed highly reliable, Public Health England says
  • Widespread antibody testing seen as key to relaxing lockdown
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Roche Holding AG’s coronavirus antibody test was cleared by a U.K. health authority, a development welcomed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office as an “important breakthrough” as his government seeks ways to gradually relax lockdown restrictions.

Public Health England, an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, said the Roche test had been assessed at its Porton Down facility last week and accurately identifies everyone who is over the infection.