France issues list of reliable coronavirus blood tests

Coronavirus Covid-19 blood tests. Antibody blood tests may now be prescribed and reimbursed by the French State
Antibody blood tests may now be prescribed and reimbursed by the State, with priority initially given for healthcare workers

The French health ministry has published an official list of “approved” and reliable blood tests for coronavirus antibodies, which can now be prescribed by GPs and reimbursed by the State.

These tests have been approved for public use by national centre le Centre National de Référence, and have therefore been deemed reliable. The full list of approved tests can be seen on the government website here.

The website also explains which antibodies each test can look for, and when the test should be done (for example, 14 days after symptoms appear).

Of the 30 tests considered, 23 were approved. Of these, seven are called “Elisa” tests, meaning that they take a few hours ...

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