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12-minute Covid test expected to be available at Boots within weeks 

Added 10-26-20 03:36:02am EST - “The test has proved 97% accurate and should be available within a fortnight. But the chain is also offering a 48-hour service from today and hopes 200 UK branches will have both by Christmas.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “12-minute Covid test expected to be available at Boots within weeks ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The high-speed test has proved 97 per cent accurate in trials and should be available within a fortnight. But the chain is also offering a 48-hour service from today and hopes 200 branches will offer tests by Christmas.

Chief executive Sebastian James said it was the first step toward mass testing on high streets and a way to allow Britons to get on with their lives again. Boots will initially charge £120 but this is likely to fall if demand grows.

The tests are aimed at those who have no symptoms but are seeking peace of mind. Anyone who suspects they have Covid-19 is advised to go to an NHS testing station. 

Boots has bought 100 portable devices from US diagnostics firm Lumira that can give a verdict on a swab almost immediately.

Initial customers are expected to be travellers and companies seeking to bring staff back on to their premises.

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