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Coronavirus: US approves Swiss antibody test

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The Swiss pharmaceutical company, Roche, has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use of a new coronavirus antibody test it has developed, the company announced on Sunday.

The test shows whether a person is infected with the new coronavirus (Covid-19) and has developed antibodies.

It will also be available this month in countries that accept the European CE marking, which certifies that a product has been tested and complies with European safety and health requirements. Roche expects to deliver tens of millions of tests per month.

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According to the pharmaceutical company, the diagnostic test can help to show whether a person has developed immunity to Covid-19. This is important for infected people who are asymptomatic, the company stressed. Moreover, it can also enable the testing of high-risk groups.

Antibodies are detected using a blood sample. According to Roche, test results can be had in 18 minutes.

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