UK health screening advisers not involved in ‘moonshot’ Covid plan

Exclusive: Public health experts say is it ‘incomprehensible’ NSC not consulted on £100bn rapid mass testing project

The government’s health screening advisers have not been involved in Boris Johnson’s “moonshot” project to test the entire population for Covid-19, an omission public health experts have described as “incomprehensible”.

The National Screening Committee, which advises ministers and the NHS about “all aspects of population screening”, has not been consulted on the £100bn plans for mass surveillance involving up to 10m coronavirus tests every day.

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