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Military labs will quadruple the number of tests carried out each week under government plans to ensure that vaccines can protect against new Covid variants.
Ministers have announced a £30 million investment at Porton Down so that 3,000 blood samples – up from the current 700 – can be tested weekly.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the advances would help "future-proof country from the threat of new variants" by ensuring the rapid development of vaccines designed to combat specific mutations of Covid.
"The UK has proven itself to be a world-class force in the production of Covid-19 vaccines, with the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Novavax and Valneva vaccines all researched, developed or manufactured on British soil," he said.
"We've backed UK science from the very start of this pandemic, and this multi-million pound funding for a …
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