Mike and Zara Tindall have taken part in a rapid testing trial for athletes to receive a quick result on their COVID-19 status.
The couple helped test a new rapid test kit and digital health passport that is called VHealth Passport. The kit’s aim is to get fans back in stadiums so that people can return to watching sports and other major events at arenas and stadiums.
“This is a really exciting new technology that has such great potential for the equestrian world,” Zara said in a media release from VST Enterprises, of which she is a Global Sporting Ambassador.
“For riders, who are travelling all over the country, and to other countries, this gives reassurance that they have been tested and are negative for COVID. And for those working on events including support staff, volunteers and the fans themselves it gives the confidence to come back to the sport we love and have the big events running again.”
Zara revealed that the rapid test was simple and quick, with the test taking one minute to administer and 10 minutes to reveal the results. The test has a 98.7% accuracy for testing antibodies (one in particular that can detect an infection three days from exposure). When the VHealth Passport is on the market, it will retail for £15.
“Both Mike and Zara could easily see from taking the rapid test themselves how quick, safe and easy it was to administer and then uploading their COVID-19 test results to their VHealth Passports in seconds,” said Louis-James Davis, the CEO of VST Enterprises and the inventor of the digital passport and rapid test.
“We believe this is a game-changer for all sports fans, not just in the UK but around the world. Just as important with sports fans, it can also be used in other major events such as theatre, festivals and music concerts where the principles of rapid testing and health passports using secure technology are the key to bringing fans back.”