UK health official expects rapid rollout of Roche antibody test

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam speaks at the daily digital news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 14, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will begin using an antibody test for COVID-19 in coming days, focusing its use on health workers and carers, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Thursday.

“I anticipate that it will be rapidly rolled out in the days and weeks to come,” he said referring to a test produced by Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG.

“I also anticipate that the focus will be on the National Health Service and on carers in the first instance.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle and Costas Pitas, writing by William James, editing by Estelle Shirbon