Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Monday, November 16, 2020
More on testing
Today the government announced that two new ‘mega labs’ will open early next year, doubling our daily coronavirus testing capacity so that more people can get a test more conveniently than ever before.
Since the start of this pandemic, Britain has built a diagnostics industry essentially from scratch that has given us one of the best testing rates in the world and the largest testing capacity in Europe – and we are determined to build on this progress.
Now the government is to create two new ‘mega labs’ in Leamington Spa and in Scotland, with each capable of providing 300,000 daily coronavirus test results, and will also help to future-proof our national infrastructure to respond to future epidemics and improving care for other diseases.
These ‘mega labs’ are not only essential in our fight to beat coronavirus, but will also help us to build back better so that we are better prepared in future for testing on a massive scale.