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Coronavirus latest news: Military labs to quadruple testing in battle against variants
Military labs to quadruple testing in battle against Covid variants How the UK’s reopening has proved Imperial’s pessimistic modelling wrong Holidaymakers could need paper Covid vaccine certificates Keep face masks for school pupils until at least June 21, unions demand Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial Military labs will quadruple the number of tests carried out each week under government plans to ensure that vaccines can protect against new Covid variants. Ministers have announced a £30 million investment at Porton Down so that 3,000 blood samples – up from the current 700 – can be tested weekly. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the advances would help “future-proof country from the threat of new variants” by ensuring the rapid development of vaccines designed to combat specific mutations of Covid. “The UK has proven itself to be a world-class force in the production of Covid-19 vaccines, with the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Novavax and Valneva vaccines all researched, developed or manufactured on British soil,” he said. “We’ve backed UK science from the very start of this pandemic, and this multi-million pound funding for a state of the art vaccine testing facility at Porton Down will enable us to further future-proof the country from the threat of new variants.” Follow the latest updates below.