To test or not to test – THAT is the Question.

Boris & Co are saying:

  • Boris obviously thought it was a mere matter of boasting what was going to happen. But it hasn’t, and he’s had to revise his deadlines.
  • The hospitals (and any other agents that might have gone out testing) haven’t had the reagents and swabs, apparently. The industry says they have the stocks and are supplying them:
  • <<The Chemical Industries Association acknowledged demand was “escalating” but said reagents – used to find out if a reaction occurs – were being manufactured and delivered to the NHS.
  • And shadow international trade minister Bill Esterson told the BBC: “I asked the chemical industry [on Tuesday] and they said to me their member companies aren’t aware of any shortage.”>>

However, ‘NHS Providers’ say there is a shortage:

  • <<Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said if existing NHS pathology labs had unlimited swabs and reagent, there would be enough test machine capacity to process around 100,000 tests a day.
  • But Mr Hopson said a “reagent and swab shortage is currently limiting this to [around] 13,000 a day”.>>

Meanwhile Professor F says:

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