Charlie Stayt exasperated as Edward Argar refuses to answer critical testing probe

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Charlie Stayt exasperated as Edward Argar refuses to answer critical testing probe

BBC Breakfast continued today with Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty and the conversation mostly focused on a new antibody test which has been designed in Germany and has been given the green light by Public Health England after a huge number of tests failing to give a correct result. The hosts were joined by Health Minister Edward Argar but Stayt struggled to get a direct answer from Mr Argar regarding when the coronavirus tests would be ready.

Stayt began: “Can you tell us exactly what is happening in regards to this new test?”

Mr Argar explained: “As you know when I was on your show a few weeks ago, there had been some tests put forward through Public Health England in the hopes these would show if they did have the disease.

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“Sadly they didn’t come up to scratch in terms of reliability and I think you’ll remember the Chief Medical Officer said at the time that a bad test is better than no test because it could give a false sense of security.

“The good news is that this test developed by Roche has proved to be extremely reliable.

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Mr Argar once again repeated that he wasn’t able to give an exact timestamp for when the tests would be ready because they have only just been accepted by PHE.

He added Health Secretary Matt Hancock was keen to get them out as quickly as possible, but wasn’t able to speculate on a date.

Stayt had to move the interview on as they would otherwise have run out of time which infuriated BBC viewers and they quickly took to Twitter to discuss it.

One viewer said: “Another Minister Interview, another load of questions going unanswered. Waffle waffle waffle #BBCBreakfast.”

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