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“The innova tests… health professionals and the public at large will be/ have lost their confidence in them”
The public at large dont even know the difference between innova, surescreen or any other LFT , they just see the NHS branded test coming through their doors and being advertised on TV and radio,
Unless the MHRA step in next week then there will be just more of the same until the stockpile is gone, which looks to be at least into 2022 at the current rate, and ODX and GAD are left on standby keeping the DHSC equipment oiled waiting to be called on, or at best picking up a subcontractor role for innova
“It’s all about testing, testing, testing”
Well they do have between 400m and 800m ****ty Innova tests to get rid of, they need to before some Journalists finds the trailer storage park holdingvthem alongside the substandard PPE the bought of their mates.
@bannister04, Well Colin raised a considerable amount of cash in order to “exploit the covid opportunities the BOD had identified “, the only exploiting that has happened so far is the exploitation of their positions to feather their own nests, Colin may be the nicest guy on the planet but clearly not equipped to handle the situation he finds himself in
“Yeah right, all those staff twiddling their thumbs doing nothing”
Is that the 250 staff from the ramping look how good we are tweets or the 140 staff from the latest job advert,
The phrase not knowing his arse from his elbow springs to mind!
"The contract runs out on the 22nd of June"
The innova contract doesn't run out, unfortunately unlike the lemon contract we signed with the DHSC the innova contract was for the "purchase Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative test kits for self-test use", of which the company have said they have delivered close to 1Billion to the UK already.
Its the EUA for home use secured by NHS Test and Trace, with the DHSC as the approved manufacturer that is due for renewal/review on the 22nd June., But the DHSC have already positioned itself to support the renewal of the EUA in its current guise.
"A decision [will be] taken on whether it remains in the interests of the protection of health for a further authorisation or an amendment to this authorisation to be made,” the MHRA told the Department of Health in a letter.
The MHRA allegedly was concerned by the department’s move in April to include Innova’s LFT as part of its mass testing programme, calling it “a stretch” of its EUA authorisation.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health insisted that every test used as part of the national programme “has undergone rigorous clinical evaluation”.
@megatro: You would think that this was using the UK government half of the available capacity, otherwise why would we be needing the DHSC to facilitate these discussions.
The question being why discussions outside of the DHSC contract to supply, if the Sovereign test was on the near horizon
If we had spare "Non DHSC" capacity why on earth were we not having these discussions independently and a long time ago.
@Frobertdude: Not sure the impact today has been caused by ramping/deramping on here, surely we were expecting this impact based on the numerous news articles that hit yesterday and the lack of response from the UK government.
i) Boris fronts up his covid-19 conference with no mention of mass testing or the fact they spent £3B with a company that look to have done a runner after suppling inferior tests and potentially lying about its performance
ii) Our partner test developer has accused our biggest customer of stonewalling its approval for as yet unknown reasons, and this could end up in court.
iii) A government representative goes into print saying that a UK Antigen consortium contract was issued in "a different" space before the unlocking started, but they aren't worried because they can cancel at short notice.
iii) A government representative goes into print stating no revenue has been allocated centrally to the UK antigen consortium
iv) A government representative goes into print stating that the UK-RTC contract whose lack of payment caused our partner in that consortiums shares to crash by 30% in a days, never existed
v) Mass gatherings entry are being approved with proof of double dose vaccine, and Bojo states the vaccine programme is to be accelerated over the next four weeks to get a higher proportion of people double dosed.
Lord "B u g g e r up" Bethell is very conspicuous in his silence, ODX, ABDX, NCYT all prime examples of why not to get involved with the government.
For me nothing has changed here, the DHSC contract was always a Lemon, that has been clear for weeks if not months ODX should be throwing everything at the approval processes in the EU (a little disappointed with the recent update that they were only starting the process), End of July it is then, big question is what will the SP be at then ?
“full glare of the British media?" unfortunately they don't seem to give a ****”
Anyone who sits through the media questions on any of the Covid-19 updates will know how ineffective the British media are, they are all interested in asking the same question which has already been answered, and are so scared of being excluded from the in-crowd not one makes any attempt to ask any uncomfortable questions.
@Wadogara: Get a grip, i dont care whose test we make as long as we make someones, the Mologic view, convinces me even more the government have no intention of selecting a test for manufacturing under the DHSC contract, instead we will be manufacturing for innova, Visitect orders will come at the end of July with EU home use approval
@Rocquet, the point being how many of these are Uk developed and eligible for the Sovereign test selection criteria, if indeed we still think the Sovereign test selected will be UK developed rather tgan simply UK manufactured
“Another deluded fool who thinks that testing is no longer needed because you’ve had the vaccine”
Those deluded fools are running this countries response to the pandemic, 25,000 attended the England game at wembley this week, entry requirements were to be fully vaccinated OR a negative LFT test
“Nevertheless,the govt will still declare the sovereign test”
The uk government used the mhra approval or lack of it to slime there way out of the UK-RTC contract last year, looks like they are using the same tactics with the antigen test, The difference being with the uk-rtc there was a clear date set, this time they can drag their feet forever
“I think it is inevitable that Innnova has to be replaced ASAP”
If it was anyone other the Bojo and Handjob in charge i think you would be correct, but those two idiots have skin as thick as a rhino and only have their own interests in mind, For Mologic to come out and say what we were all suspicious of, the government are actively delaying making a sovereign test selection is a pretty poor reflection of the governments stated support for uk manufacturing
@dunk1973 : Not sure there is "zero evidence"
Omega tweeted over the top of the Innova factory in the Uk news that "Omega will, in theory, manufacture whatever tests the Government tells it to."
And the recent RNS statement
"... and to that end the DHSC have facilitated initial commercial discussions between Omega and potential partner companies with lateral flow antigen tests to potentially provide UK manufacturing
Its very unlikely the government are going to throw away millions of innova tests, based on the fact that the "experts" have given them the ok, so if ODX is manufacturing for Innova at least thats an income stream.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests shipped in the last 12 months have produced a recorded result.
Between 28 May 2020 to 28 April 2021 the total number of polymerase chain reaction tests which produced a recorded result was 8,726,870 test results.
The total number of lateral flow device tests which recorded a result between 22 October 2020 and 28 April 2021 in England was 63,852,593.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 test kits manufactured in China have been purchased for use in the UK; what those kits have cost; and what capacity there is in the UK for the production of such kits.
As of 14 May 2021, more than 1 billion self-test and assisted lateral flow devices (LFDs) manufactured in China have been purchased for use in the United Kingdom. We are unable to provide the cost of these kits as this information is commercially sensitive. A gradual increase in the proportion of UK-produced self-test LFDs is anticipated by the summer.
"To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) detailed performance surveillance plan for monthly reports which he was required to submit to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency under paragraph 17 of the exceptional use authorisation for the Innova lateral flow test that was issued to him on 22 December 2020 by the Agency, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, (b) monthly reports and (c) bi-weekly reports detailing a summary of adverse incidents, the number of devices supplied and to whom, as required under paragraph 10 of the authorisation."
@Maninpink: Lets think about that statement and what it actually means, keeping in mind Omega have told us many times that as soon as we have any orders they will update us.
The cheapest of any of our tests to produce is the ABC-19 test costing us 75p to produce.
Lets assume we aren't using the DHSC capacity so infact we have a capacity of 1M a week to play with. (so we wont take any use of the pre-production payments) and assume the staff are able to be apportioned per unit capacity.
So if we are "producing tests" at anywhere near capacity (remember the 250 staff are for full capacity) that means we are committing £750K per week on producing tests we don't have orders for, At the beginning of February our cash position was £6M, so we can afford to make our cheapest test using 50% of our staff for only 8 weeks since February.
So are you saying we have committed all our cash reserves into keeping these staff busy making tests ?