'Moonshot' for millions of daily COVID tests depends on technology, Hancock says

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock arrives to attend a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants to be able to carry out millions of COVID-19 tests a day, known as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “moonshot” plan for mass testing, but doing so depends on new technology being developed, said UK health minister Matt Hancock.

“We do have a goal to get to the millions of tests a day when we can, it’s dependent on new technology,” Hancock told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Writing by Sarah Young; editing by Michael Holden