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Faulty Covid Gear May Cost UK Taxpayer £2.7 Billion, Report Says

  • Some suppliers used a ‘VIP lane’ to obtain early contracts
  • UK spends £7 million a month to store unused or expired gear

The UK has made little progress in settling disputes with suppliers of personal-protective gear that turned out to be of little use in the pandemic, potentially wasting as much as £2.7 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) in taxpayers’ money. 

The country’s department of health and social care is left with “billions of items that are unusable or not needed,” some of which will just have to be incinerated, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday. Meantime, these products cost £7 million a month to store.