Oct 26, 2020

Boots to offer 12-minute Covid nasal swab test

MATTHEW HOWELL. A Covid test that can provide a result in 12 minutes will be made available at high street pharmacy Boots. The test, which detects the presence of a Covid-19 antigen protein, is said to be considerably faster than other rapid tests currently being trialled, which produce results in an average time of 90 minutes. The service is available as a private pre-flight testing service for customers who require a test before travelling abroad. It is also available for people seeking peace of mind before seeing friends and family. Figures released last week showed that just 15.1% of people are currently receiving results within 24 hours through the official system in place in the UK. Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser admitted there was "Room for improvement" in the NHS Test and Trace system. Boris Johnson previously pledged that all tests would be processed within 24 hours - unless there were issues with postal tests - by the end of June.

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