According to Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service, 3.5m tests have been purchased and will be available to the public via Amazon and stores like Boots.
It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for and health officials have now confirmed that Coronavirus home testing kits will be made available in the UK within a matter of days.
The public will be able to conduct Coronavirus antibody tests at home using the finger prick kits, which take around 15 minutes to show results.
Professor Sharon Peacock revealed that the kits will first be tested in Oxford and then made available for the public, which will allow key staff to return to work.
“Once we are assured that they do work, they will be rolled out into the community,” she told MPS.
“Testing the test is a small matter, and I anticipate that it will be done by the end of this week. In the near future people will be able to order a test that they can test themselves, or go to Boots, or somewhere similar to have their finger prick test done.
“Several million tests have been purchased for use. These are brand new products. We have to be clear they work as they are claimed to do.
“Once they have been tested this week and the bulk of tests arrive, they will be distributed into the community.”
As it stands, 90,436 people in the UK had been tested for Coronavirus and the Government aim to test 25,000 people within four weeks.
However, speaking to GLAMOUR, a Boots UK Spokesperson said: “We are keen to work with the Government to explore opportunities to support COVID-19 testing and to support the NHS in any way we can. However we do not have any type of COVID-19 tests in our stores. Customers should not make a trip to a Boots store or pharmacy for this purpose.”
We will await official confirmation of retailers and let you know as soon as we can.
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