A group of leading virologists has written to the chief medical officer for England to voice concerns that Covid-19 test and trace contracts are being awarded to private sector companies on “ideological grounds”.

The experts also say they have been sidelined by the government and excluded from discussions on how to respond to the pandemic.

They add that they have no knowledge of or information on the DnaNudge or LamPORE tests that the government is currently contracting to buy.

The UK Clinical Virology Network wrote to Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, on 10 July but told The Guardian newspaper they have had no response.

The signatories mostly work in 40 NHS and Public Health England  laboratories across the country.

Date published: August 5, 2020

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