Alliance Healthcare, the only distributor providing fast sidestream Covid tests to UK pharmacies, took a leave of absence immediately after receiving 2.5 million tests.
A spokesperson for Alliance Healthcare UK confirmed to The Times on Monday that its office remained closed from December 25th to 28th, and the distribution of the horizontal flow test (LFT) resumed on December 29th “When most community pharmacies reopen.” The spokesperson said that the company distributed more than 2 million LFTs on Christmas Eve.
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiation Committee (PSNC), which represents NHS pharmacy contractors, stated in the latest news that Alliance Healthcare entered the Christmas holiday after receiving 2.5 million LFTs on Christmas Eve. “Before the New Year celebrations, the public’s demand for test kits is still extremely high. People want to use LFT testing to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones,” PSNC’s NHS service director Alastair Buxton said on Friday.
According to British media reports, due to the arrival of variants of the Omicron virus and changes in health guidelines that allow people to end quarantine after testing negative, the demand for testing has increased, and many pharmacies quickly become out of stock.
In a letter to members of Congress last week, Health Minister Sajid Javid admitted to infection and “Unprecedented demand” For LFT and PCR testing “Although the expansion of supply, logistics and laboratory capacity is impressive, it puts pressure on the system.”
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