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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 90277, tabled on 15 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the viability of moving the supply of covid-19 tests to areas of the UK with unmet demand.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

13 January 2021

We are expanding capacity further, having already met our testing capacity target of 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. More laboratories are joining the network and we are investing in new technology to process results faster. We are automating parts of the process, installing new machines and hiring more permanent staff.

We continue to target testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an outbreak, and prioritising at-risk groups.

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