COVID-19 Immunity Passports are a misnomer, says GlobalData

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.”

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