Covid-19: First antibody test gets green light in SA, but use will be limited

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The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority has given the nod for the supply of a single finger prick serology test. Picture: Juan Medina/Reuters
The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority has given the nod for the supply of a single finger prick serology test. Picture: Juan Medina/Reuters

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The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority has approved its first Covid-19 antibody test amid criticism that it is too slow and too cautious in approving applications for the registration of such tests, writes Adele Baleta.

The first Covid-19 coronavirus antibody rapid blood test kit has been approved for use in South Africa, but it is strictly not for sale to the public or for use by general practitioners.

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