No Antibody Usage by Germany Until Ethics are Clarified

Berlin on Monday announced that Germany has secured millions of coronavirus antibody tests, but the use will begin only after the advice from nation’s ethics council.

Those who have already been infected and recovered from the virus, can be recognised by the blood sample tests. It is contended that the people who have recovered may now have some immunity, making them potentially able to work, socialise and restart a normal life.

Officials have shown their concern over this proposal. They believe it to have the potential of dividing German society in two, since this will make a part of the population move freely and the other shut in for Quarantine.

The USA Food and Drug administration has approved Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche for its testing kits over the weekend. Roche also had a deal with Germany to provide three million tests in May and five million the next month.

“The question of what it means for society when some people are big by restrictions and others are not, that touches on the foundations of how society functions together,” Health Minister Jen’s Spahn said at an event at a Roche plant in Pennsburg in Bavaria.

A positive test of the presence of antibody against coronavirus won’t be enough to give a person free pass to flout all previous restrictions, considering the social and psychological impact it will have on other people. ‘That’s why, I have asked the German Ethics Council to deal with this.” Spahn clarified. “Until that is cleared up, we have agreed not to undertake any legal regulations.”

The idea of “immunity passport” is getting popular support across the globe in order to boost the sinking economies of the world, but Spain has said any such programme must go through the test of respecting people’s rights.

The World Health Organisation has last month urged caution, stating the lack of concrete evidence to prove that people who have recovered develop immunity from second infection.