The Government may have jumped by the gun by announcing coronavirus home-testing kits for millions of Britons after admitting it was only a deal ‘in principle’. On Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had ordered 3.5 million revolutionary ‘antibody’ tests that could be available to the public within days. But in a major u-turn, Government sources now claim the agreement was ‘only ever in principle’ after experts said it could be weeks until the tests are ready for mass use. Britain has been repeatedly slammed for its lacklustre approach to testing – it is currently still carrying out less than 10,000 a day, despite promises to ramp up the capacity to 25,000 a day. Several different companies have been approached over contributing to the 3.5 million tests needed – including the makers of an HIV self screening kit and a £6 finger prick device that works like a pregnancy test. But none is yet ready to supply them. Manufacturers said they were working around the clock to develop the devices, which can tell someone within 15 minutes whether they are immune to reinfection. In a major blow for the Government, they said it will be three weeks at the earliest before tests are available…. Read full this story
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