Created: June 11, 2020 01:22 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Mayo Clinic announced a critical COVID-19 antibody test Thursday.
The new SARS-CoV- neutralizing antibody test "will support the nationwide convalescent plasma exchange study and other critical research efforts to establish effective therapies and vaccines for COVID-19."
Mayo Clinic says the test will be available through Mayo Clinic Laboratories in late June.
The new test measures the level of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
“The neutralizing antibody test is a critical addition to our COVID-19 testing, expanding on the capabilities of the molecular tests used to diagnose active infection and the serology test, which indicates previous infection by identifying antibodies for the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” says William Morice, II, M.D., Ph.D., president of Mayo Clinic Laboratories.
“This new test provides us with incredibly important information about how effective a person’s antibodies are at neutralizing the virus. This will help us identify optimal convalescent plasma donors and ultimately help assess the efficacy of anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.”
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