Tesco will sell £2 lateral flow tests in UK stores

Tesco has announced that it will sell CTDA-approved lateral flow tests in its stores nationwide from April 1.

Diagnostic healthcare company Everything Genetic has announced a deal that will see lateral flow devices stocked in thousands of Tesco stores and online from April 1, as the government prepares to end the supply of free testing.

Everything Genetic’s £2 kits will be stocked in over 1,500 Tesco stores across the UK from April 1. Coinciding with the in-store launch, the tests will initially be available to customers online in London, before rolling out online across the country from May.

The tests – which report a clinical performance of 96.1% sensitivity and 100% specificity when detecting Covid-19 – recently received approval under the Agency’s Medical Devices Regulations 2021 (CTDA). British Health Safety.

The approval allows the devices to be sold to the UK public and comes after the government unveiled plans to reduce the number of free tests it has provided during the pandemic, as part of its ‘living with Covid-19’ strategy. .

James Price, CEO of Everything Genetic, said: “The gradual easing of UK Covid restrictions has led to a further rise in cases across the country, particularly in recent weeks1. As a result, thousands of people across the UK will always want the peace of mind that fast, efficient and accurate LFT devices can provide.

“While Covid testing will not be free after April 1, the importance and demand for using it to get an accurate and timely snapshot of our health will continue for some time. The very nature of the tests means they can be used as needed to provide a fast, efficient and reliable positive result.

He added: “As the kits will now be positioned at convenient Tesco outlets across the country, they will be readily available at any time for anyone wishing to get tested. As a business, our overarching ambition is to democratize testing, whether to test for Covid or through our other side of the business, testing for inherited diseases.

“Bringing the cost price of these tests below the price of a coffee to go could help us achieve these ambitions, and we are delighted to provide Tesco customers with access to reliable, accurate and affordable tests. .

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