The country’s fast-moving vaccination campaign delivers at least one drug per nearly half of its population. But adults under 50 in England still have to wait until May for their first vaccination, and scientists do not yet know how easily vaccinated people can transmit the virus. Testing and monitoring are therefore still important for virus detection.
The prime minister promised that a simple, free test would help “stop the epidemic in their path so that we can return to see our loved ones and do what we like”;.
But there are still questions about who will be taking the test. The United States has seen a sharp drop in testing requirements as people view vaccines as a way to end the epidemic.
And if self-tests show an infection, will people report it properly to the government and stay at home? A recent review in the BMJ, a medical journal, found that just 42 percent of Britons adhere to isolation rules.
Many in the UK are still concerned that many of Johnson’s tests will be paired up soon, with a parallel effort to build. “COVID status certificate” or vaccine passport
A certificate, which may appear on a mobile app, shows that the person has been recently vaccinated for the virus or has a natural immune response due to a previous infection within the past six months. These data are from public health services and self-reported.
The government said on Monday the certificates could be useful for many gatherings and would begin trials with them for participation in upcoming comedy festivals and certain sporting events. Johnson dismissed the idea that they needed to enter a shop or a garden pub.
Still, opposition continued. A reporter asked at a news conference on Monday whether the document was not British. More than 70 members of Congress have campaigned against them.
The UK is slowly exiting the third blockade. A week from now England will reopen unnecessary shops, gyms, hair salons and barbershop, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve al fresco meals and drinks.
“As we continue to make great progress in our vaccine program and with our roadmap carefully easing restrictions, regular rapid testing is becoming more and more important to ensure that these efforts are met. That won’t be wasted, ”Johnson said.
From Friday, people in England will be offered a lateral flow test kit that can be used at home using a nose and throat wiper and results in less than 30 minutes. Regional governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales may soon follow.
Tests can be ordered in the mail from the National Health Service (NHS) or picked up at a pharmacy or testing center or from an employer.
Health Minister Edward Argar told the BBC that the test would be paid by a $ 50 billion NHS fund to support the testing and monitoring efforts it has struggled.
The program remains controversial among some scientists, questioning whether the cost and effort are worth it. They said that without a better incentive for those who tested positive to stay at home, most would not. It also warns of a large number of cases that could be missed from testing, which is faster. But less accurate than the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.Many testing trials in Liverpool last year found that the widely used rapid test set in the UK missed more than half of the addiction. Infection in people without symptoms
Many test supporters say it doesn’t really matter – on a population level – whether the tests miss some cases, as long as they help to warn more people with no symptoms that they may be infected and persuade them. At home
Those who test positive are prompted to isolate with their families. They will be encouraged to undergo a more accurate PCR test, and if someone says they are not infected, they are free to go on with their lives.
Last year’s first population testing program, “Operation Moonshot,” was a plan to test 10 million people per day or everyone in the country every week for $ 130 billion. The program imagines people being tested before leaving for work, attending sporting events or other mass gatherings.
At the time, many scientists were skeptical. “This will not work,” said Jon Deeks, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Birmingham, who fired Moonshot as the job of government officials and consultants, not scientists.
Giving 10 million tests a day is definitely going to be a stretch. The UK currently records 1.2 million tests per day.