The drugstore chain said the LumiraDX swab tests will cost £ 120 and be available in select stores in the coming weeks.
The chain has also launched a 48-hour test service in 10 stores in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and plans to expand it to more than 50 outlets across the country.
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Boots UK chief executive Seb James said the new tests are intended to “ease the pressure” on the NHS and the government.
He told Sky’s Ian King Live program that the tests are for people who don’t have symptoms.
They are not yet accepted by airlines which require a negative COVID-19[feminine[feminine test before allowing a passenger to board.
This is because the results are processed by an in-store machine rather than a registered laboratory.
There are hopes that the coronavirus However, the test will be accepted by airlines in time, added James.
The accuracy of the 48-hour test is over 99% and the 12-minute test is 97-98%, he said, adding that it was “slightly less accurate (than the 48-hour test) but not so much that it matters ”.
“It’s a miracle of technology and I think this is just the beginning of how technology is going to help us solve this crisis. ”
Mr James said he hoped the price could be reduced in the future as more people take tests and new technology makes the process cheaper.
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Customers who have no symptoms of COVID-19 can book an in-store test through the company’s website.
Boots is among the large companies to have suffered from the pandemic, announcing major restructuring plans earlier this year.
Mr James said that with more people realizing the importance of pharmacies, Boots has a ‘pretty rosy future’, adding: ‘We have no plans for further job cuts at this time. “.