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COVID-19 Rapid Summary: Testing

17 June 2020

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is producing rapid summaries of oral evidence sessions, aimed at providing the public with the latest information on the Science of COVID-19.


This summary covers an evidence panel on Tuesday 9 June, where we heard from experts about the role of testing in the UK's current and future response to the pandemic.

The transcript and recording of this meeting can be found at the following:

Chair's comments

Chair of the Committee, Lord Patel, said:

"Testing is essential for identifying those who are infected, and for determining the extent to which the virus has spread in the population. The ability to conduct tests at scale remains a key issue, even more so with the introduction of the “test, trace and isolate” strategy."

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