Superdrug undercuts Boots by offering single lateral flow Covid test for £1.99

Health retailer Superdrug has announced it will sell individual lateral flow tests (LFTs) for under £2, undercutting the price offered by its competitor Boots.

The move comes a month before the government ends free coronavirus testing in England. Only the clinically vulnerable and the over-75s will be able to receive regular LFTs without paying for them from 1 April.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Superdrug said it will charge £1.99 for a single LFT and £9.79 for a pack of five. They will be available to buy shortly, it added.

By comparison, Boots will offer one test for £2.50 and five for £12 from early March. Customers can currently purchase them online for £5.99 each or four for £17.

NHS Covid-19 rapid antigen test kits have helped track the spread of the virus (Jane Barlow/PA)

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“Our pricing aims to make lateral flow tests as accessible as possible for people,” a Superdrug spokesperson said.

Other British pharmacies are yet to reveal their prices, with just over five weeks remaining until the end of England’s free testing programme.

The change in approach comes as part of the government’s “Living with Covid-19” strategy, which will see all coronavirus restrictions, including the need to self-isolate after a positive test, lifted from Thursday.

Boris Johnson has justified making the public pay for LFTs on the grounds that it will save the treasury a considerable amount of money. Testing in the UK cost £2 billion in January alone, the prime…

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