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May 28, 2021

Coronavirus company news summary – Eurofins awarded agreement for Covid-19 testing expansion – TaqPath Covid-19 test kit available for incoming travellers in the UK

By Chloe Kent

Clinical Enterprise has been awarded a US government agreement to expand the scope of Covid-19 testing nationally. The agreement with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the US Department of Defence (DOD), will see expanded testing across K-8 schools, underprivileged communities and homeless shelters. As per the agreement, Eurofins is expected to test approximately 24.6 million citizens in the Northeast and South regions.

Thermo Fisher announced that its TaqPath Covid-19 CE-IVD approved RT PCR kit has been authorised and meets the performance criteria for Covid-19 quarantine protocol testing for international travellers arriving in the UK on their second and eighth day. The UK has introduced quarantine rules for international travellers, under which a ten-day quarantine and PCR test is mandatory on arrival.

PerkinElmer announced that its contract to run the UK NHS Test and Trace Newport Lighthouse laboratory has been extended until March 2022. The collaboration plays a key role in the UK government’s efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The laboratory has been able to process more than two million samples since October 2020. The extension will see the facility scale its testing capacity to tens of thousands of tests daily.

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