A Covid test-maker is getting ready to sue the Government over claims that “stonewalling” by the state has stopped its kits from being accredited and used within the UK.
Bedford-based Mologic stated Porton Down retains failing its test due to “kit failure”, or being deemed too tough to administer.
The company was given almost £1m final year by the Government to develop an inexpensive British designed and manufactured fast lateral stream test.
Mologic claims its test is likely one of the most correct following analysis by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Geneva-based world diagnostics alliance Find on behalf of the World Health Organisation.
The test has been registered with Germany’s medicines watchdog in addition to Britain’s MHRA.
Mologic has questioned the Porton Down analysis process and written quite a few letters and emails seen by The Telegraph to Boris Johnson, MPs and Lord Bethell, a well being minister, however has “got nowhere”.
Mark Davis, the chief govt, has now despatched Public Health England and the Department for Health and Social Care a pre-action letter – a pre-court dedication giving the opposite celebration a possibility to cooperate or threat authorized motion. The pre-action letter was rejected.
Mr Davis stated: “We are quietly assured that that is the very best fast lateral stream diagnostic on this planet and the UK doesn’t need it. It additionally prices a fourth of the worth of the Innova test.
“All we now have requested is for Porton Down to consider the test with an impartial celebration observing, merely to enable us to perceive how PHE is in a position to get lots of equipment failures when nobody else on this planet that has validated our test has managed that.
“We have seen a 1pc to 2pc failure rate across all our internal studies and PHE are getting 30pc to 60pc. You would have thought that was a reasonable request.”
Since the pre-action letter, Mologic has despatched two extra letters to the Government however has had no response.
“Today we will issue them with draft court papers,” stated Mr Davis. “I am trying really hard to avoid legal action because once we press the go button that is irreversible.”