Volunteers are being sought from NHS workers and different public service staff for a examine into the effectiveness of Covid-19 antibody dwelling testing kits.
A variety of the speedy response kits are to be studied, together with one from a consortium together with Oxford College.
The check to see if somebody has already had coronavirus has been described by the prime minister as a recreation changer to get individuals again to work.
Public Well being England has begun on the lookout for 2,500 volunteers for the examine.
Specialists have questioned the usefulness of the assessments as a result of little has been identified about whether antibodies protect people from the virus however the authorities stated the examine would assist its understanding of Covid-19.
A Division of Well being spokesman stated: “No dependable dwelling check has but been discovered, and we have no idea whether or not antibodies point out immunity from reinfection or transmission.
“This analysis is a part of our ongoing surveillance work to extend our understanding of sort out this virus.”
Business assessments, which ask the consumer to ship a blood pattern off to a lab, have been suspended within the UK and folks have been warned not to buy unapproved tests.
In March, the federal government purchased 3.5 million antibody dwelling assessments however scientists at Oxford College discovered they have been unreliable.
Public Well being England (PHE) has since launched a separate examine of 10,000 healthcare staff which entails antibody blood assessments to be taught extra about immunity to the virus.
The Speedy Take a look at Consortium, involving Oxford College and 4 UK producers – BBI Options, Abingdon Well being, CIGA Healthcare and Omega Diagnostics – has claimed its gadget, which makes use of a finger prick of blood to supply ends in 10 minutes, is very correct.
Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medication at Oxford College, who has been overseeing the federal government’s antibody testing validation and technique, stated: “We have actually set the gold customary in what it is advisable to count on from these assessments and I think lots of people will probably be actually concerned about what we’ve got produced within the final couple of months.”
PHE has been planning to recruit 2,500 volunteers to see how efficient and simple assessments can be to make use of, with preliminary outcomes anticipated in late summer time.