A new antibody surveillance programme is about to be launched in the UK for the general public to see how much have Brits developed after a Covid infection or their vaccination.
Every day, about a thousand adults Brits will be offered tests by this programme. Furthermore, up to 8,000 Brits over 18 who tested positive will be sent two antibody tests alongside their PCR testing. The first test would be done as soon as a person is tested positive, and the next one would be after 28 days to see the antibody response from the infection.
Together with the UK’s Health Security Agency, the NHS test and trace services will use these results to track antibody levels in positive cases in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mr Javid, UK’s health secretary, stated that this programme would be fast and undemanding to participate and help them understand the virus more as life returns to normal.
Additionally, Dr Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, reported that this plan would give an insight into how the vaccination scheme works and the immune response to the different variants of the virus.
Since the vaccination rollout began in December 2020, over 30 million Brits have received vaccines.