Covid-19 antibody testing ‘not optimal’, says De Gascún

Concerns over accuracy mean the National Virus Reference Laboratory will not be using rapid serological tests

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
26th April, 2020
Covid-19 antibody testing ‘not optimal’, says De Gascún
Cillian de Gascun director of the National Virus Refrence Laboratory showing Leo Vardakar and Simon Harris some of the testing equipment

The laboratory leading Ireland’s coronavirus testing regime has said that it is not considering the use of rapid blood tests, as the available technology is “far from optimal”.

Cillian De Gascún, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL), said that Ireland would not be using the products, which have been touted as a way of significantly ramping up testing in countries as part of the move to ease restrictions....

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