First UK manufactured rapid tests deployed across England

Content originally from UK Health Security Agency

Last week, the first UK-manufactured rapid tests – otherwise known as lateral flow devices or LFDs – began to be rolled out to universities across England. These new tests will bolster efforts to detect asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. Responding to the announcement, Chief Executive of UKHSA, Jenny Harries, said:

“Testing – along with vaccines – is one of our first lines of defence against COVID-19 and in the months ahead rapid tests will keep fortifying these defences, as thousands of university students use them to check whether they are infectious and likely to transmit the virus, all at lightning speed.”