Devolved nations loaning 20 million Covid lateral flow tests to England
Wales and the other devolved nations are loaning 20 million Covid-19 lateral flow tests to England.
Eluned Morgan, the Minister for Health and Social Services, says the Welsh Government will give the UK Government test kits from its own allocations in England’s “hour of need”, following a request for “additional help”.
In a written statement, she said: “Wales along with other Devolved Nations in the UK is to loan 20 million Covid-19 lateral flow tests from our allocations to the UK Government to support the response and demand in England.
“The Welsh Government has worked hard to ensure we have the resources available to support our response to the pandemic in Wales including testing services, vaccines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“Sometimes this has involved working with other UK nations to provide us with more agility and economies of scale where needed.
“As part of these arrangements Wales has on several occasions during the pandemic provided mutual aid to support the response in the other nations.
She added: “In relation to PPE since the start of April 2020, Wales has issued 13.8 million items of mutual aid to other UK nations and received 1.4 million items on request from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Welsh health services buying power has meant that we have been able to provide £37.5 million of PPE for other UK nations. In return Wales has received around 3.3 million items from the UK Government to replenish stocks.
“The Welsh Government is pleased to be able to support the request for additional help in England’s hour of need.
“Covid-19 also requires a global response and Wales has and will continue to play a part in supporting other nations including England but also further afield.
“This included providing medical supplies, including ventilators, to support the international emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic in India.”