Following the announcement of Yourgene Health teaming up with international payments company Caxton and immunity passport app Prova;
Dara Lo, Medical Device Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view:
“The term ‘immunity passport’ is completely misleading. The correlation between a positive result for a COVID-19 test and protective immunity to the novel coronavirus is unproven. Simply having been infected with COVID-19 does not equal immunity. For COVID-19, researchers do not know yet how much antibody in a person is required to be protective, nor how long that protection might last.
“Yourgene plans to release a ‘Research Use Only’ COVID-19 test by the end of June, and plan to achieve a CE-marked in vitro diagnostic kit to follow in July. However, even with a CE-mark, which will allow for commercial sale, the test will still need approval by the MHRA before claiming that the test proves immunity to COVID-19.”