Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th January 2022.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are the Government taking to ensure a steady and sustainable supply of lateral flow tests manufactured in the UK.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In October 2020, the Government commissioned work to support the United Kingdom’s diagnostic industry, to secure a lateral flow antigen test and increase domestic production capacity. The Make UK programme delivered two clinically validated and regulatory approved UK lateral flow antigen tests​ and provided investment in capital equipment and facilities expansion at UK manufacturing companies​.

Over 100 million tests have been produced for UK Health Security Agency deployment and UK production capacity of lateral flow antigen test has increased by 3,500%. The first UK-made self-test lateral flow device has been deployed in January 2022. The Make UK programme has also increased capacity and resilience for current and future public health challenges​.

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