Bloomberg Law
Sept. 10, 2021, 11:42 AM

Covid Testing ‘Lottery’ Needs Overhaul, Warns U.K. Watchdog

Katharine Gemmell
Katharine Gemmell
Bloomberg Editorial

The Covid travel testing market is a “lottery” which risks becoming a “race to the bottom” that greater competition alone won’t fix, the U.K.’s antitrust watchdog warned.

The Competition and Markets Authority has been investigating firms that offer polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for travel after concerns the market was riddled with high pricing, poor service, and failure to provide tests results on time, or in some cases, not at all.

“Buying a PCR travel test is a lottery” and “the experience for some is just not good enough,” CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said in a statement on Friday. ...

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