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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 42080, tabled on 21 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the covid-19 testing regime in the context of existing levels of infection.

Answered on

6 September 2022

The current testing regime in England focuses on those most at risk from serious outcomes from COVID-19, including those patients who could benefit from antiviral treatments. Universal free testing would not be a cost-effective method for those not at serious risk from the current COVID-19 variants.

The Government continues to keep this response under review to ensure it remains effective and proportionate and that measures are in place in the event of a dangerous new variant.

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