Operation Moonshot to mass test for Covid will start trials within weeks, says Boris


Millions of fast Covid tests will be trialled within weeks under Operation Moonshot, the Prime Minister has announced.

Boris Johnson said that some new, faster Covid-19 tests have proven “highly effective” – and could deliver results in just 15 minutes.

He said that the UK is developing the capacity to manufacture millions of new fast turnaround tests – but warned it would take time to roll them out.

Speaking at a No10 press conference today, Mr Johnson said: “We have already bought millions of these tests, some of which are very simple – meaning you wipe the swab inside your mouth – and can give a result as quickly as in 15 minutes.

“Some of these fast tests work with saliva and we are already using these in hospitals. 

“We have started building the infrastructure for domestic manufacture of these tests, ensuring that Britain has the ability to produce millions of fast tests here. 

“Over the next few weeks we will start distributing and trialling these tests across the country.

“This will enable us to do quick turnaround tests on NHS and care home staff much more frequently.

“By testing more frequently and quickly than ever before, we can hope we can help prevent the virus entering and spreading through care homes.

“We will be able to test students in universities with outbreaks, as well as children in schools, helping us to keep education open safely through the winter.”

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