UK IVDs Firms Working Flat Out On COVID-19 Tests, As Govt Promises Test Capacity Increase
Confusion is rife over low UK testing levels to confirm COVID-19 in health care staff and patients, and comparisons with measures taken in similar-sized economies have been unfavorable. Diagnostics manufacturers are not to blame, says the industry.
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