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Thai Health Authorities warn against antibody test kits

Thai Health Authorities warn against antibody test kits

THAILAND: The national Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) is advising people against buying antibody testing kits to test themselves after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, because the result could be inaccurate and lead to misunderstandings.

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By National News Bureau of Thailand

Sunday 27 June 2021, 01:00PM


Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

DMS Director-General Dr. Supakit Sirilak said the department already has an immunity tracking system for vaccine recipients, so people need not perform the tests on themselves.

He added that the antibody efficient at preventing COVID-19 is called a neutralising antibody, while the antibody testing kits, which are currently available in the market, can only test general antibodies and cannot accurately measure the level of neutralizing antibody in the body.

Dr. Supakit said it is highly recommended that only antibody testing kits which have been approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) be used and that it be done under supervision of doctors or other medical professionals, as the results require interpretation alongside the patient’s symptoms and other test results.

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Kurt | 27 June 2021 - 13:18:39

Why the DMS simply not forbid the sales of these not functional tests kits instead of 'warning' the public? Of course including fines and prison time promises, as usual.

 

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