The news came as the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the United Kingdom had made a deal to receive up to 10m antibody tests, a different type of test which detects whether someone has previously had the virus.
Hancock also used this evening's press conference to say that the government had agreed a deal for COVID-19 anti-body tests on the NHS.
"As we're already trusted by communities for health and wellbeing advice, it seems natural that patients and customers would look to their pharmacy as a convenient and highly accessible source for any antibody test, and indeed for any vaccine in the future", they said.
The tests are not without their critics.
'This is an important milestone, and it represents further progress in our national testing programme, ' he added.
Among the "target use settings" cited in the document, the MHRA lists "clinics, pharmacies, workplaces and other non laboratory settings" as acceptable places for the tests to be carried out.More news: China boosts spending for virus-hit economy
The test, which will cost you £69, will tell users if they have coronavirus antibodies in their blood.
It comes a week after the government announced that a new COVID-19 antibody test to tell whether someone has had the virus has been approved for use in the United Kingdom after being found to be 100 percent accurate.
Health officials also sparked criticism after claimed to have bought 3.5 million antibody tests, only to later admit none of the devices, bought off China, worked.
Four thousand people of all ages and backgrounds will undergo testing in the country of Hampshire over the next six weeks after which the government will decide whether or not to purchase the tests on a mass scale.
Antibody testing has been regularly billed by Boris Johnson and ministers as "a game changer" in the response to the virus, but previous antibody tests have proved unreliable.
'If it works, we'll roll it out as soon as we can, ' he said.
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The decision came a day after another U-turn when the Government extended a scheme offering indefinite leave to remain to the families of all NHS staff who die as a result of contracting coronavirus.
"It's not just about the clinical advances that these tests can bring. We don't yet know whether antibodies mean you are immune".
"We're developing this critical science to know the impact of a positive antibody test and to develop the systems of certification to ensure people who have positive antibodies can be given assurances of what they can safely do".
England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, told the briefing the total number of deaths from all causes was now down to the rate in an average winter.
Also speaking at the No 10 briefing, Prof John Newton, who is in charge of the government's testing efforts, said quick test results were a key element.
He had originally said the app would be rolled out by mid-May but it has now been delayed by several weeks.More news: Ravenswood McDonald's due to reopen after traffic chaos