Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Buy your own lateral flow test

I've written for the New Statesman about how we could find better ways of spending £2 billion a month than testing people for SARS-CoV-2.

NHS Test and Trace has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of misinformation since it was set up in May 2020. There are corners of the internet where people seem to genuinely believe that £37 billion was given personally to Dido Harding or to Serco and that all the money was spent on an app. It is widely believed that the system has “failed”. In fact, Harding has not been involved with it since last April, Serco never received more than a small portion of the budget and the amount spent on the app was smaller still. Nearly all of its money goes on testing and if that has failed, why are so many people desperate to keep doing it?

As ever, have a read.

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