British troops are working with Birmingham City Council to provide personnel to support the ‘Drop and Collect’ Covid Test Distribution.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Armed Forces have worked with colleagues across Government to increase the national testing capacity. Under the Military Aid to Civilian Authorities system, approximately 100 military personnel will now be working with Birmingham City Council to support its Drop and Collect Testing initiative.

The Armed Forces are uniquely placed to help with the fight against Coronavirus and remain ready to provide support as and when the situation demands it.

Brigadier AJ Smith, Joint Military Commander West Midlands, said in a news release:

“Since the start of the pandemic, the Armed Forces have worked with colleagues across Government to increase the national testing capacity. “In response to a request from Birmingham City Council, the MOD will supply military personnel to support its COVID-19 Drop and Collect Testing initiative. “We are well placed to help with the fight against Coronavirus and remain ready to provide support as and when the situation demands it.”

Birmingham City Council sought military assistance after it launched a new drop and collect service to provide citizens an easier opportunity to get tested for coronavirus.

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