DHSC: Industry responds to call to arms

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has praised the work of the pharmaceutical industry to respond to it’s calls for efforts to support the fight against COVID-19.

In a press release, Health Minister Lord Bethell said:

“We are rapidly scaling up the national effort to boost testing capacity for coronavirus to protect the vulnerable, support our NHS and, ultimately, save lives.

“I am proud that we have already had an impressive response from companies of different scales and from different sectors coming forward with a commitment to work together, share expertise and resources to establish a large British diagnostics industry which can help us achieve 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.

“We will do everything we can to tackle this virus and we are pooling all the resources from our world-leading life sciences industry, top universities and clinical leaders to overcome this together.”

DHSC reports that recent work includes:

  • A new testing laboratory being set up by AstraZeneca, GSK and Cambridge University to be used for screening for coronavirus testing
  • AstraZeneca and GSK also providing scientific and technical expertise to support national testing centres
  • Thermo Fisher committing to continuing to supply the UK with testing kits to test for the presence of the coronavirus
  • Oxford Nanopore’s sequencing technology being used worldwide to rapidly sequence the coronavirus

Read the full press release here.

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Published on 9. April 2020 in News, News UK, Press Release