New UK Covid test is effective but won’t impact numbers as hoped

Suitable for clinics but not homes, the DnaNudge test is unlikely to fulfil the government’s ‘Moonshot’ testing goals

A rapid test for coronavirus made by DnaNudge that was said by ministers to be part of a grand plan to deliver millions of tests in England, works well in hospitals but will not scale up to help the government’s “Moonshot” plan any time soon, experts say.

On 3 August, the government announced that “millions of new rapid coronavirus tests will be rolled out across NHS hospitals, care homes and labs from next week”. It had bought 5.8 million 90-minute tests from DnaNudge, an Imperial College London spinout company.

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