The U.K. government is set to award 5 billion pounds ($6.2 billion) of coronavirus testing contracts to private companies as it overhauls the way it tracks Covid-19.
The tender from Public Health England, announced in a public notice, comes after Britain’s coronavirus-testing effort has been dogged by reports of missing tests and long waits for results.
The U.K. currently has the capacity to conduct about 300,000 coronavirus tests a day, a key part of its strategy to control the virus and open up its economy. Pharmaceutical giants such as
The new framework will “support all five pillars of the U.K. testing strategy,” the tender notice said. In April, Health Secretary
The Department for Health and Social Care didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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