Sensitivity and specificity of COVID 19 Test

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Dear Public Health England,

Please provide the sensitivity and specificity figures for the tests used and authorised by PHE for testing for COVID 19.

Thank your for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Hammond

FOI, Public Health England

Dear Tim Hammond,

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FOI, Public Health England

Dear Tim Hammond,

We refer to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Public Health England (PHE) is currently working on your request and will provide you with a response as soon as possible. In the meantime may we draw your attention to the Information Commissioner’s current guidance following the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, which can be found on the following link:

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Public Accountability Unit
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Public Health England Follow us on Twitter @PHE_uk

Protecting and improving the nation’s health

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Dear Mr Hammond

Please find attached Public Health England’s response to your request for information.

Kind regards,

FOI Team

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