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Shakhov said that testing for antibodies to COVID-19 had to start back in April

People’s Deputy of Ukraine Sergey Shakhov repeatedly appealed to the Ministry of Health from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada with a proposal to mass-test Ukrainians for antibodies to coronavirus, and if the president and the Ministry of Health would respond more quickly to these appeals, testing can was to start back in April and save dozens of lives. Shakhov himself stated this to Ukrainian News 15 on May.

"I will personally keep this issue under control so that during mass diagnostics test systems developed by Ukrainian scientists are used. They have already successfully established themselves not only in our country, but also abroad. While Ukrainian officials are buying foreign tests at exorbitant prices, our domestic tests are already being bought by Germany, Turkey and the Baltic countries. At the same time, the cost of the Ukrainian test is ten times cheaper than foreign counterparts, " the politician said.

The Agency notes that the enzyme immunoassay test for antibodies to COVID - 19 Ukrainian manufacturer NPK "Diaprof-Med" "identified their quality indicators at a very high level." They checked the test systems at the Bogomolets NMU under the direction of Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Olga Golubovskaya.

In March, Shakhov suffered from coronavirus after returning from a trip abroad. According to LB.ua, he flew to Ukraine in March. After that, he did not attend parliamentary sessions, but attended a meeting of the Committee on Environmental Policy 12 in March, and also participated in several television programs 12 - 12 March. 31 March the deputy said that he was discharged from the hospital.

Shakhov was tested for antibodies using the Ukrainian test -systems.

"Studies have shown the presence of a high number of antibodies in Shakhov’s blood. Also, antibodies to coronavirus were found in the blood of Shakhov’s mother-in-law, who suffered from pneumonia in February with a politician’s children," - write "Ukrainian News."

To detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the human body, polymerase chain reaction testing (m azka taken from the mucous membrane of the nasopharynx and oropharynx). As of May 15 in Ukraine, PCR was used to study 211 614 coronavirus samples, the Center for Public Health said. Serological testing (this includes the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) analyzes blood serum, The Conversation explained. These tests do not detect the virus itself, but antibodies that the body’s immune system produces to fight infection.

Since antibodies do not appear immediately, serological tests are ineffective in the early stages of infection. One of the advantages of serological testing is the ability to identify people who are asymptomatic and therefore not taken into account in general statistics, the publication said The Conversation.

The Ministry of Health reported that the first ELISA tests will begin in Odessa and Sumy regions. Minister of Health of Ukraine Maxim Stepanov said that "if everything happens according to plans," testing for antibodies to coronavirus in the country may begin next week.

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