The future of the COVID Infection Survey in is doubt after the Government refused to confirm whether they would continue to fund the project beyond March. The survey, which has been operational since May 2020, publicises the number of people infected with COVID in the UK.
Weekly statistics are released by the ONS and its current funding will end at the end of March, with the expectation that this will not be renewed. The survey was nearly cut last year, but was renewed following outcry among the public and Westminster.
Scientists have blasted the potential move accusing the Government of ‘flying blind’ when faced with future COVID waves and potential mutations, according to i News. Other scientists have urged the Government to not just continue funding the survey, but to expand upon it by encompassing other viruses.
This also follows the news that the UK’s first COVID mega-lab, the Rosalind Franklin Laboratory in Leamington Spa, is being scaled down, with 600 people losing their jobs. However, it is hoped the space will now be used by the pharmaceutical or biomedical science industries.