Boots' new COVID tests give a result in 12 minutes

Grant Boone
October 27, 2020

Seb James, Boots' UK managing director, said the programme was being implemented as a way to help ease the pressure on the nation's health services.

The nationwide pharmacy chain says it intends to offer peace of mind to people who may have reason to believe they may have contracted coronavirus but are asymptomatic.

Walgreens-owned United Kingdom pharmacy chain Boots is now selling private in-store Covid-19 tests for £120 each.

The retailer has also launched a 48-hour testing service which is now available in 10 stores across London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with plans to extend the programme to more than 50 outlets across the nation.

The accuracy of the 48-hour test is over 99% and the 12-minute test is 97 to 98%, he said, adding that this was "slightly less accurate (than the 48-hour test) but not so much that it matters". Those who have been asked to get tested by a local council or anyone taking part in a government pilot project are also eligible for a swab free of charge.

Mr James continued: "It's a miracle of technology and I think it's just the beginning of how technology is going to help solve our crisis".

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Boots is set to start selling high speed COIVD tests for £120.

Customer who don't have any coronavirus symptoms can book an in-store test through the Boots website.

Boots is among the high street businesses to have suffered as a result of the pandemic, announcing significant restructuring plans earlier this year.

Walgreens-owned United Kingdom pharmacy chain Boots is now selling in-store private Covid-19 tests, it announced on Monday - but people who think they have the virus shouldn't use them.

Boots said it would also soon be rolling out a swab-based COVID test which delivered results within 12 minutes, which would also cost 120 pounds.

"As part of the UK's High Street for over 170 years, Boots is proud to serve at the forefront of the NHS and we will continue to do our part to support the nation's health needs in this hard time and beyond".

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