Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th February 2021.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Tatton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress has been made in the Cambridge University and AstraZ lighthouse Laboratory PCR testing.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Cambridge University and AstraZeneca Lighthouse Laboratory’s most recent innovation of heat inactivation of samples and the direct to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) process, in conjunction with GSK, accelerates PCR testing and thereby increases the laboratory’s potential capacity whilst reducing processing times. They have also developed novel solutions to some of the logistical challenges faced by the network including the development of a system that allows samples to be delivered in racks direct to the laboratory and data monitoring software to reduce the risks to data uploads.

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