Senior British minister says handling of coronavirus crisis has been 'embarrassing' amid growing concerns over testing.
The Government has still not bought any Covid-19 immunity home testing kits, more than a week after Matt Hancock claimed 3.5 million had already been purchased.
The accuracy of the kits – described as "game changers" by Boris Johnson – is still being validated by a panel of experts appointed by ministers. Public Health England (PHE), which had previously said the antibody tests would be available for home delivery by firms such as Amazon in days, said on Thursday it was not involved in procuring the kits.
The confusion over the antibody testing kits will add to growing concern that the Government is losing any grip it had on the coronavirus pandemic.
One senior minister said on Thursday that Downing Street's handling of the crisis was "embarrassing" and questioned why testing – both for antibodies that showed if someone had caught the virus and to check if someone had it currently – had not been ramped up.
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