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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 84659, tabled on 3 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to increase laboratory capacity in the covid-19 antigen testing system.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

16 September 2020

We have built the largest diagnostic testing industry in British history at pace, from scratch. We are scaling up our testing capacity even further to 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. We are augmenting the existing diagnostic network with additional laboratories and adding capacity this month and throughout the autumn.

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Department of Health and Social Care
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