Like I said, DM, always with a pinch of salt. As reliable as some of the the tests out there. Don't worry Minus, come the end of April the company will release a special set of accurate figures. Lot of selling to be done before then though!
RE: Test to determine whether you’ve had virus18 Mar 2020 19:34
Blownitalready, so am I because I see what you mean. I thought the sale was completed last year as part and parcel pf the company's restructuring and consolidation which included decommissioning its manufacturing at the Bridport site. Further back reading is required, but I can't do it now!
Further Email to Jo Churchill, Sky, BBC etc.18 Mar 2020 18:12
US response versus UK Response / Novacyt's Diagnostic Tests
Dear Ms. Churchill, (and Mr Hanc*ck,)
The U.S. undoubtedly got things wrong in February, but it is certainly putting things right in March! I am not a Trump supporter, however, look at the way he has quickly harnessed and mobilised large pharmas, retailers, health professionals etc. as part of the Covid-19 effort in the U.S. Most importantly of all, he has delivered comforting words of reassurance to the American people in his news conferences. Compare and contrast this with Boris Johnson's efforts here.
And still no mention of Novacyt's 'Unmatched [diagnostic] tool' for diagnosing Covid-19. This test was formally evaluated and endorsed by PHE. These tests have been supplied to 8 hospitals in the U.K., following PHE'S recommendation, per the company's announcement on16th March. Earlier today, the CEO, Mr Mullis, disclosed details of NCYT'S tests during a live interview on Radio 5 live, including their supply to the NHS. NCYT'S test is reliable, accurate and fast, with a two-hour turnaround. It sits at the top of the assay table; has '100% homology' with Covid-19. It was awarded a C.E. Mark in February. It has been endorsed by the WHO & Roche. FDA emergency use authorisation is pending in the U.S., China and several other countries. And it is an anglo-french company, operating from sites at Camberley and Southampton. A U.K company whose science is not only competing with but bettering that of the pharma behemoths.
The existence of such an efficacious weapon should have been used to reassure the public. The government has known about the existence of NCYT'S tests for several days if not weeks. Surely, there is a public interest argument to be made for releasing details of these diagnostic tests to the public of this country at a time when there is much fear throughout this nation and the wider world!
In the past, it would appear that some elements of some assays have been the subject of I.P. protection.. NCYT'S marketing manager's description of its revised assay (26th Feb) as an 'unmatched [diagnostic] tool' is a very strong claim. It begs a question: Why is it unmatched? Is there some aspect of our test that is missing from the other tests? The company has not made any reference to it needing to protect its tests on the grounds of there being an Intellectual Property element attached to them. I think we would have received an RNS were there a need for I.P protection? EdDantes7 & Ophidian touched upon this subject some weeks ago. It's unlikely the Primers and RNA would be subject of I.P. protection If there is an I.P. element of our tests - perhaps this is what the marketing manager was referring to - that would make things really interesting. I'm sure the company would patent it! All IMO
Johnson's bluff and bluster will not be enough to get him through this. He is going to get found out with this one! The U.S. got things badly wrong in February, but it is putting things right in March. Compare and contrast the way in which the U.S. has now harnessed and mobilised big pharmas, retailers, health professionals etc. with Johnson's "response" here. Johnson went missing over the weekend. His strategy is incoherent; he, Whitty & Vallance are unconvincing during their news conferences, offering very little in terms of reassurance for the nation. Not a Trump fan, but he is streets ahead Johnson now on this one! There is a 9-day waiting time for home deliveries by Asda. How are the elderly in the high risk group going to get food? What guidance does the gov't have for the elderly who through circumstance have parental responsibility for; are guardians of; care for young children under 18? Families who have both young and old members. Some members will be isolating, others will be going out into the community and schools, although schools are now likley to be closed except for the children of emergency workers. Rant over!