Britain had to send coronavirus tests to the United States to be processed after a problem at one of its laboratories, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Sunday.
The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported 50,000 test samples were sent on chartered flights to the United States last week.
Robert Jenrick, UK Housing Minister. (Reuters)
Asked about the report during an interview on Sky News, Jenrick said: “There was an issue with one of the labs and we put in place our contingency plan, which was to take some of the tests to the United States for the tests to be processed.”
After being criticized for moving too slowly on mass testing compared to some countries such as Germany, Britain has ramped up its testing program, but since hitting its target of 100,000 a day at the end of April has struggled to maintain that level.