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New made-in-Wales blood test for coronavirus

Friday May 22nd, 2020

A new made-in-Wales antibody test is being introduced throughout the UK to tell whether people have had coronavirusGovernment Opportunities

Wales – and the rest of the UK – will roll out the new-style blood tests, including those produced in Pencoed by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD).

The company is one of a number to produce the antibody tests for the UK – it became involved after responding to a call to action to help with the coronavirus response from the First Minister and Life Sciences Hub Wales.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething today welcomed the availability of the new test, saying Wales will decide how the test is rolled out, prioritised and managed. It is expected it will be available in care homes.

An expert group is currently working on the antibody testing strategy for Wales and will make an announcement shortly.

Ortho has developed a manufacturing base for serological testing in Wales over the last 40 years. It employs more than 500 people at its site in Pencoed and produces many millions of tests each week for a wide range of disease states and medical conditions for distribution globally.

Working in partnership with Public Health Wales, Ortho will provide its Covid-19 assays produced in Pencoed to support Covid-19 testing across Wales. The tests can detect antibodies that can be used to identify an immune response.

In addition to the antibody test, which will be available from Ortho and other suppliers in the UK, work is ongoing in Wales to develop another type of antibody test, which involves taking a pinprick of blood, which can be tested with a device to give a result in minutes. This test would be more accessible and help to make antibody testing more widely available.

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