A US firm has said it is on track to provide the UK with 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of the month, giving renewed hope that the government could hit its target.
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said last week he wanted to increase testing to 100,000 a day by the end of April. On Wednesday 19,500 were tested, up from 10,200 on that day the previous week.
Mark Stevenson, the chief operating officer at Thermo Fisher Scientific, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, told BBC Radio 4â??s Today programme that the target was possible. â??We began mobilising actually straight away after we learned about the Covid-19 outbreak and we designed the kit to identify the virusâ??s unique genetic code,â?쳌 he said.
â??Then we worked in a way to test that, validate that in patients. And then we began to scale up our manufacturing to meet demand. We agreed with the UK that we would supply to meet their demand of more than 100,000 tests per day.â?쳌
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