Private Covid testing firm hires Boris Johnson's half-brother Max in the hopes that he can open doors for them to work with the government
- Max Johnson, 35, is a board member of the private wellness company REVIV Global
- The company specializes in testing for Covid-19 by offering private antigen testing
- REVIV staff are in talks with the government about coronavirus testing
- The appointment has been criticized and classified as "worrying".
A coronavirus testing company hired Prime Minister Boris Johnson's half-brother because he hopes he can "open doors".
Max Johnson, 35, serves on the board of directors of REVIV Global, a private wellness company that specializes in delivering vitamin injections through infusions.
The company recently specialized in testing for Covid-19, offering private antigen testing for £ 89 each.
The appointment has been criticized and deemed "worrying" as REVIV executives are now in discussions with the government about coronavirus testing.
A coronavirus testing company has hired Prime Minister Boris Johnson's half-brother Max (pictured together) to "open doors".
REVIV's medical director, Dr. Michael Barnish said he hoped the inclusion of Max Johnson would help them "open doors".
The company's testing currently extends beyond the NHS test and trace system.
But Dr. Barnish told Der Spiegel: “You are outside the national system, but we are absolutely happy to be working with the national system.
“Personally, I haven't had any conversations with them, but I do know that our CEO – and of course Max Johnson, etc. – have had conversations.
"We are delighted to be supporting the government's testing strategy in any way we can."
Sarah Lomas, CEO and President of REVIV Global, said in a press release: & # 39; The appointment of Max Johnson comes at an exciting and critical point in our shift into the med-tech sector.
& # 39; After building a global preventive health brand in 41 countries, we're ready for aggressive growth.
"The current pandemic has opened up unprecedented investment opportunities for REVIV."
The Minister of the Labor Shadow Cabinet Office, Helen Hayes, has criticized the appointment
Mr Johnson himself said he was honored to join the company, but the move was criticized by Helen Hayes, Minister of the Labor Shadow Cabinet Office.
She told the publication: “It is unacceptable for companies to take advantage of the government's incompetence and charge £ 89 for the privilege of using the same laboratories as the national test and trace system.
& # 39; The fact that a relative of the Prime Minister is now employed by the same company is worrying.
"Such a connection must in no way influence government decisions, which must always be made objectively, fairly and in the national interest."
In April, REVIV had to delete a blog post after the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the company's “Megaboost” vitamin drop could be used to prevent Covid-19.
MailOnline asked REVIV Global and Max Johnson for a comment.
The appointment comes just a few days after the announcement The UK could fall weeks behind its target of 500,000 tests per day due to a lack of vital chemicals and analyzers.
Boris Johnson promised to more than double the current capacity of 260,000 by the end of October, despite debris in laboratories and the British being told to drive hundreds of kilometers to get a swab.
However, it appears that the government's desperate urge to improve testing before winter will not be met because manufacturers cannot produce enough chemical reagents and analytical equipment in a timely manner.
The shortage adds to Britain's ongoing testing fiasco, which is also due to a lack of staff.
The appointment comes just days after the announcement that the UK may be weeks behind its target of 500,000 tests per day due to a lack of vital chemicals and analytical equipment
Brits across the country couldn't have their wipes wiped clean for the disease last week – despite a few car lots standing completely empty.
Boris Johnson had to admit that the UK is unable to run the number of Covid-19 tests required.
And Baroness Dido Harding, Head of Test and Trace, found that demand was four times higher than capacity.
In response to the problem, the Department of Health released a rationing list for swabs this week.
Hospital patients, nursing home residents and NHS staff are at the top of the queue, and teachers are fifth – behind the thousands of volunteers participating in surveillance studies.
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