May 15, 2020 / 6:46 AM / 12 days ago

Britain approves Abbott's COVID-19 antibody test

FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS.

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has given the green light to Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) to produce a COVID-19 antibody test, shortly after it gave the same approval to Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding (ROG.S), health officials said on Friday.

Mass antibody testing with millions of kits is being considered by many countries as a way to speed the reopening of economies devastated by lockdowns and to introduce more tailored social distancing measures.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Guy Faulconbridge

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