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Covid-19: Government faces legal action over £75m contract for antibody tests

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4427 (Published 12 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4427

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  1. Stephen Armstrong
  1. London

Legal action has been launched over the UK government’s award of a £75m (€84m; $99m) contract for one million antibody tests to a business consortium, alleging that the deal unlawfully bypassed safeguards protecting taxpayers’ money.

Judicial review proceedings issued on 11 November by the Good Law Project, a not-for-profit legal organisation, say that the government was actively involved in setting up the UK Rapid Test Consortium and gave it £10m to buy components to manufacture testing …

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