Roche antibody tests will be available on NHS for free


Downing Street have confirmed on Thursday that Roche antibody tests will be made available on the NHS for free following an agreement between Roche and the government.

The prime minister’s official spokesman told reporters: “The tests will be free for people who need them, as you would expect.

“NHS and care workers will be prioritised for the tests.”

On the 14 May Public Health England (PHE) gave the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche approval after scientists at Porton Down found the blood tests was “highly specific” with 100% accuracy.

The Health Security Matt Hancock will set out further details over the deal and the supply of tests, which shows if a person was infected with coronavirus, and if they have gained immunity.