BRITS should not buy coronavirus home-testing kits sold by firms such as Superdrug, says the Government’s testing chief.

Professor John Newton told MPs that people should wait for officially approved checks.

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Ministers announced on Thursday that more than 10million antibody kits are being bought for use in hospitals and care homes.

They have been hailed as “game-changing” by Boris Johnson.

High street chains are also offering a £69 test to tell if a person was previously infected. But Prof Newton said better checks will be available soon.

“The public needs to be aware that those tests are not the same as those we have approved for use,” he said.

Better versions were still “under evaluation”, he added.

Superdrug hit back, saying: “We stand by the quality, safety and accuracy of our Covid-19 laboratory-based test.”

Thousands of the firm’s tests have been snapped up.

Users take a finger-prick blood sample at home and post it to a lab.

Results are published online 24 hours after it is received and the firm claims it is 98 per cent accurate.

Public Health England has approved two antibody tests for public testing — from medical giants Roche and Abbott.

They rely on blood from a vein.


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