Royal Mail is targeting a contract worth almost £800m to spearhead mass home testing for up to two and a half years under Boris Johnson’s “Operation Moonshot”.
Keith Williams, the chairman, wants postal workers to deliver and collect up to 200,000 home Covid testing kits a day until mid-2023.
The tender, worth between £384m and £785m, reveals home testing will play an “increasingly significant” role. It says: “The ambition of NHS Test and Trace is to ensure that everyone who needs a test in the UK has access to one.”
Royal Mail is expecting to compete with rivals including Amazon for the work. Ministers hope Operation Moonshot will allow a much greater degree of normal life to return even without a mass vaccination programme.