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Kemri Wellcome Trust gets nod to develop antibody tests

The Kemri|Wellcome Trust Research Programme has been given the go-ahead to develop antibody tests for Covid-19.

During the daily press briefing, Health Acting Director-General Patrick Amoth said the research is part of tools and applications needed to handle the disease because it’s here to stay.

The tools and applications, he said, “will be able to make us reach a bigger proportion of the population.”

Whereas the test for the virus will only distinguish those who have it and those who do not, an antibodies test goes further to establish cases of those who could have been infected and show no symptoms or even recovered but could still spread the virus.

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