The British government announced the implementation of a large-scale research and sampling test program to track the new coronavirus, and it is expected that as many as 300,000 people will participate in the country in the next year. The Minister of Health Xia Guoxian, who was criticized in the anti-epidemic action, said the plan would help the government and researchers deepen their understanding of the virus.
The British government said it will implement the plan in stages. In the first stage, about 25,000 people will be scheduled to put cotton swabs into their noses and throats to take samples to determine whether they are currently infected with the new coronavirus. The authorities will also arrange regular blood tests for approximately 1,000 adults in the family to help assess how many antibodies are present in the body. The UK Department of Health pointed out that it is expected to know the preliminary analysis results in May to assist the government in deciding when and how to release the current family orders and other restrictive measures.
The United Kingdom is one of the European countries hardest hit by the new coronary pneumonia epidemic. As of Wednesday, there were more than 134,000 diagnoses and more than 18,000 deaths. At the beginning of the outbreak, the Prime Minister Johnson ’s government tried to use the “mass immunization” method to allow more people to get sick and produce antibodies, but it caused the epidemic to run out of control.
Before the announcement of the above plan, the United Kingdom only tested people with symptoms and frontline medical staff. Government officials said they will begin to expand the scale of testing within the next few weeks. Xia Guoxian pointed out: “The implementation of this large-scale project will help to track the spread and infection of the virus in the United Kingdom. It can also provide answers to questions about immunization, so that health departments and researchers can better understand how the virus spreads and predict future trends And decide what action should be taken in the future. ”
Whitney, the UK ’s chief medical director, said that there is currently no reliable antibody detection method to determine whether people who have been infected with the virus have developed antibodies, hoping to find a way to proceed in the foreseeable future Such detection. Whitty said at the press conference that until the emergence of preventive vaccines and effective therapeutic drugs, it is impossible to completely revoke the current restrictive measures and social distance measures. Some measures may continue until next year.