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University of Reading Comment On Mass Student Testing

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Professor Parveen Yaqoob, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading, said:

“We have expressed our support for the mass testing of students, and are working with our local authorities on the logistics of the proposed programme. We will continue to work with partners in Reading and nationally to offer logistical and scientific support around testing. 

“My colleagues in the Reading School of Pharmacy have been researching aspects of mass testing since the start of the pandemic, and their work – and the support of hundreds of local volunteers and donors – has helped move the science forward. Thanks to the walk-through NHS testing facility we recently opened on site, we already have good facilities on campus to deal with testing of students with symptoms. 

“We have worked hard to help control the spread of the coronavirus within the University and the local community, and will continue our efforts to allow students to spend Christmas with their loved ones, and carry on studying safely at the University in the new year.”