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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL2944, tabled on 25 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been a delay in having sufficient kits for (1) antigen testing, and (2) serological testing, for the COVID-19 virus.

Answered on

27 April 2020

Testing is a crucial part of the United Kingdom’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government is working on multiple fronts to deliver additional testing capacity to the system.

The Government’s Chief Medical Officer has previously said that there is huge global demand for testing supplies. The Government is working with industry to obtain maximum possible supplies for the UK and with the scientific community to explore innovative new options for test kits, working within existing safety standards and regulations.