November 27, 2020

Boris Johnsons moonshot testing scheme to cost £43 billion – The Times

The government is preparing to spend more than £40 billion to help deliver on Boris Johnson’s “moonshot” pledge for mass coronavirus testing across the UK.

Public Health England has issued a contract worth £22 billion for a new national testing framework, which includes the manufacture and development of tests for the NHS over the next four years.

The NHS has issued another tender worth £20 billion which includes on-the-spot tests and diagnostics equipment. It said that the value of the contract had increased from £5 billion to £20 billion because of the pandemic and “immediate overall increased spend in support of [the] Covid-19 testing programme”.

A third tender for £1billion, covering just three and a half months, offers £912 million for the supply of rapid