COVID19 21 May 2020 Antibody tests will be available on NHS, No 10 confirms Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Antibody tests that tell you whether or not you've had coronavirus in the past will be available on the NHS, Downing Street has confirmed. The government has struck a deal with Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche so that the lab-based tests will be available for free "for people who need them". NHS and care workers will be given priority, the Prime Minister's spokesman confirmed this afternoon. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will lay out more details of the plan at this afternoon's Downing Street press conference, and is expected to say that healthcare workers will start being tested next week. The tests require a blood sample. Scientists are still unsure that antibodies to coronavirus prevent a second infection. › Why the world needs the Humber Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!