Latest news on coronavirus: military labs to quadruple testing in fight against variants

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Mmilitary labs will quadruple the number of tests performed each week as part of government plans to ensure vaccines can protect against newer variants of Covid.

Ministers announced a £ 30million investment in Porton Down so that 3,000 blood samples – up from 700 now – can be tested each week.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the progress would help “a future-proof country against the threat of new variants” by ensuring the rapid development of vaccines designed to fight specific mutations in Covid.

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“The UK has proven to be a world-class force in the production of Covid-19 vaccines, with the Oxford / AstraZeneca, Novavax and Valneva vaccines all being researched, developed or manufactured on UK soil,” he said. he declares.

“We have supported British science since the very beginning of this pandemic, and this multi-million pound funding for a state-of-the-art vaccine testing facility in Porton Down will allow us to better protect the country from the threat of new variants. . “

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