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Covid-19 Antibody Testing

– in the Scottish Parliament on 14th May 2020.

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Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport will be aware that a reliable antibody test, which tells people whether they have had the coronavirus, has finally been approved by European Union regulators and Public Health England. Will widespread antibody testing become an integral part of the Scottish Government’s plans to ease us out of lockdown, and will the cabinet secretary update us on the Government’s plans to procure, distribute and conduct wide-scale antibody testing across Scotland?

Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

We have seen that very good news today. Our officials are actively engaged with colleagues south of the border, through Public Health Scotland and our clinical advisers.

We intend to be part of that testing. Our initial planning is under way, to ensure that we can access the test as it becomes available and that it is used to best effect across the Scottish population. Details have not yet been finalised but, when they are, I will ensure that Mr Greene and all members are aware of our intentions and our delivery plan.