Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation

LTIO responds to plans to cut all Covid testing for double-jabbed travellers coming into the country

The Chair of the Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation (LTIO), Tom Watson, said:

“We are concerned that travel testing requirements have been lifted too quickly. We have consistently backed relaxing unnecessary restrictions, but the only way that our country can avoid hard lockdowns is by maintaining a robust Covid testing regime to quickly discover new variants.

“Last Wednesday in a Downing St briefing, the Health Secretary stated: ‘These pharmaceutical defences of the vaccines, antivirals, monoclonal antibodies, and testing, I think they will be the cornerstone of our future defences.’

“As the WHO has asserted that there will continue to be more variants, we believe removing testing completely for international travel would weaken our wall of defence – because testing is the antidote to lockdowns.

“The diagnostic testing industry will continue to provide our services for those travelling out of the UK, as well as businesses that want to protect their staff.”