March 19, 2020 / 5:27 PM / 10 days ago

UK in talks to buy 'game changer' coronavirus antibody test

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - Britain is in talks to buy a coronavirus antibody test that could be a game changer if it works, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

“We are in negotiations today to buy a so-called antibody test, as simple as a pregnancy test, that can tell whether you have had the disease,” Johnson said.

“It is early days but if it works as its proponents claim, then we will buy literally hundreds of thousands of these kits as soon as practicable because obviously it has the potential to be a total game changer,” he told reporters. (Reporting by Costas Pitas and Paul Sandle; editing by Kylie MacLellan and Guy Faulconbridge)

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