Developing Antibody Tests Is Technically The Biggest COVID-19 Challenge Yet
The COVID-19 antibody tests that so far have gone through the validation process have not proven accurate enough to be rolled out for public use, says the UK. A new rapid test consortium is working on a solution.
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Roche Diagnostics is promising a €400m investment at the site in Bavaria that has developed its new COVID-19 antibody test kits, three million of which will be delivered to German health care professionals in May.
The coronavirus pandemic has not had much impact to date on Roche's operations and first-quarter sales grew nicely. However, CEO Severin Schwan hopes certain countries will learn the lesson about not being prepared.
Abbott has launched its first COVID-19 antibody test to help determine if a person has been previously infected with the virus. The diagnostics giant said it intends to ship a total of 4 million tests in April.