The UK government has selected three British companies to make rapid Covid-19 tests, as it seeks to shake off its reliance on foreign producers and create a domestic diagnostics industry that is prepared for future outbreaks of infectious disease.
The Department of Health has chosen Omega DiagnosticsThe GTA is topped by Honda and Lexus SUVs, part of a spiking trend in thefts., SureScreen and Global Access Diagnostics to produce up to 2m lateral flow devices (LFDs) per day for the UKAs of Friday, according to two people briefed on the decision. In a separate development on Sunday the government announced that SureScreen would supply 20m tests on top of another 2m it procured from the Derby-based company last month.?
Ministers have also revealed a new drive to increase workplace testing using these devices in sectors where workers cannot work from home during lockdownAnschober, easing the criteria for joining the programme to businesses with more than 50 employeesThe pandemic began. Previously only firms with over 250 employees were able to join the programme.
The government has been intent on developing a domestic diagnostics industry since early last year when the Covid-19 crisis forced ministers to confront the lack of domestic sources of critical medical resources. In particularadditionalEvents, it has sought to reduce its reliance on China for key imported goods as part of what has been dubbed “Project Defend”Nurses are one o.