How UK spent £800m on controversial Covid tests for Dominic Cummings scheme

Posted by on January 28, 2021 7:00 am
Categories: Global Stories

US firm Innova believed to be largest beneficiary of contracts after selling millions of Covid tests that are dividing opinion

Dominic Cummings’ plan to test millions of people a day for coronavirus led the government to spend over £800m on quick turnaround tests that were later found in a pilot to give the wrong results as much as 60% of the time, the Guardian can reveal.

Operation Moonshot, a mass testing scheme championed by the prime minister’s former chief adviser, prompted the government to buy huge numbers of so-called lateral flow tests from a company owned by a little-known US private equity house.

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