People who carry no coronavirus symptoms must pay for ‘Operation Moonshot’ tests, the director of the government’s testing program said.
Dido Harding mentioned in a meeting of business leaders that not all the planned 15-minute checks may be available for free on the NHS. People who wanted to show that they could resume a “normal life” without the risk of spreading the virus would be paid, a webinar hosted by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) was told.
The government stated that moonshot tests (which don’t exist yet) could potentially reduce the need for social distancing in work, thus increasing office capacity.
But health experts warned that the mass testing program – which aims to provide ten million tests a day costing £100 – is “not feasible” and shows a “massive gamble.”
The shadow minister for public health said that Ms. Harding’s statements suggested the program had risked creating a ‘two-tier pay-to-hug’ system.