Rishi Sunak allocates £15bn for personal protective equipment

A further £10bn will be spent on what was described as a Test, Trace, Contain and Enable programme

Spending on personal protective equipment (PPE) was given a seismic boost as the chancellor allocated £15bn to procure masks, gowns and gloves – a sum that dwarfs the entire spending of other Whitehall departments.

The vast investment, unveiled during Rishi Sunak’s summer update on Wednesday, is four times more than the annual foreign office budget and reveals the scale of the financial cost needed to fight the Covid-19. The sum alsounderlines how keen the government is to avoid any criticism of ill preparedness should the country suffer a second peak.

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