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Boris Johnson pinning hopes on £100bn 'moonshot' to avoid second lockdown

2020-09-10 09:23:03       source:The Guardian

September 9, 2020

Boris Johnson believes a mass testing programme is “our only hope for avoiding a second national lockdown before a vaccine”, according to leaked official documents setting out plans for “Operation Moonshot”.

The prime minister is said to be pinning his hopes on a project that would deliver up to 10m tests a day – even though the current testing regime is struggling to deliver a fraction of that number and is beset by problems.

The documents say the “Mass Population Testing Plan” could cost £100bn – the equivalent to the UK’s entire education budget.

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