New antibody study to begin next month

A new study that'll test the population for Covid-19 antibodies is expected to be rolled out next month.

The serial prevalence survey would see a small random group of the population invited to have blood taken, which would then be analysed.

Cillian De Gascun, chairman of the Covid-19 Expert Advisory Group, says it'll get under way in June subject to ethical approval.

"It would obviously be age, gender and ethnicity matched to the population as a whole.

"We'd probably look at two different regions, one of a high prevalence and one of a low prevalence.

"And then depending on the findings of that first iteration, it would probably be repeated at serial intervals, perhaps in different geographic areas depending on the first iteration."

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