PUBLISHED: 02:46, Sat, Oct 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:46, Sat, Oct 24, 2020
The new saliva-based test, allegedly costing just £5, could be ready for Christmas, according to The Sun. It cited an anonymous government source who said they would be “very surprised if we were not in good shape by Christmas for these tests”.
They added the 15-minute test is “pretty close” to readiness and could be done at school or work.
It comes after various other reports of tests capable of a similar quick turnaround time, although with higher prices.
Earlier this week, it was revealed the Government purchased as many as 20 million tests capable of delivering a result in 15 minutes and that coronavirus ‘hotspots’ would be prioritised in receiving them.
That particular test is produced by Innova, with government testing conducted at PHE’s Porton Down facility.
The news comes after Boris Johnson admitted frustration over Test and Trace figures (Image: Adrian Dennis / AFP / Getty)
Jeremy Hunt, health select committee chairman, called the bulk purchase and roll-out “potentially the most significant news we have heard in the fight against the virus for many weeks”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the test showed “real promise” and that the UK was working on domestic mass-production.
It is not clear whether or not whether the two tests mentioned are the same one, though The Telegraph claimed it was worth £15, not £5.
In any case, mass-production of rapid saliva tests has also been hailed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said last Friday the UK was working on manufacturing millions.
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