UK government fails to publish details of £4bn Covid contracts with private firms

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Sumary of UK government fails to publish details of £4bn Covid contracts with private firms:

  • The government has failed to publish any information about £4bn of Covid-related contracts awarded to private companies, in what appears to be a continuing breach of UK law..
  • The gap was uncovered by campaign group the Good Law Project, which along with a cross-party group of MPs, is suing the health secretary, Matt Hancock, in the high court..
  • and is pushing for an independent judge-led inquiry into the billions spent on personal protective equipment, medicines and virus testing and tracing since the pandemic began..
  • Many of the new deals are for the purchase of rapid test kits of the kind being used in Liverpool city-wide testing effort..
  • The California-based company is owned by the private equity group Pasaca Capital, which was founded by a Chinese investment banker in 2017..
  • Good Law claim singles out a number of cases, including the award of a £252m PPE contract to a company called Ayanda Capital on 29 April….

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