Tussell has been tracking UK Government contracts and spending in response to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic to provide the latest insights. Scroll down for a summary of the data or download all of the underlying COVID-19 contract award data by entering your details at the bottom of this page.
Last updated: 14 April 2021
The total value of contracts awarded by the UK Government in respond to Covid-19 is now:
60% of this value has been awarded for products and supplies, while 39% was dedicated to procuring services.
The contracts can be grouped into three major categories: contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) that include the provision of masks, gloves and gowns; contracts for suppliers to the Test and Trace Programme that include a range of provisions, from coronavirus tests and testing services, to the development of the NHS COVID-19 app; and contracts for hospital supplies, including medicines, hospital beds and ventilators.
The number of contracts for PPE and hospital supplies surged during April, May and June 2020 but have been tapering off since the summer. The contracts for the Test and Trace Programme slowly increased from April to September 2020 and started to climb rapidly again in October 2020. The value of Test and Trace contracts exceeded the value awarded for PPE in mid-January 2021 and has continued to rise with the help of a number of large awards since.
It's important to note that contract notices are published after they have been awarded, sometimes with a significant delay. Our charts based on the award date are subject to change in light of the the most up-to-date information.
Among the contracts for supplies and services in categories beyond the three major pillars, we've seen a substantial value awarded for social support, that includes temporary accommodation for the homeless, expenses related to shielding vulnerable groups, and school meals. A range of the contracts were awarded to companies supplying connectivity and IT services and another portion for consultancy, marketing and research services.
The bulk of contracts were awarded by the Department of Health and Social Care, mostly for PPE and Test and Trace.
Among the top suppliers receiving the largest share of the coronavirus contract value were suppliers of PPE and test kits, and private healthcare providers easing the pressure on the NHS.
Our list of the top ten suppliers with the most coronavirus contracts suggests a heavy reliance on consultants and air freight companies to support the Government in its response to the virus.
Notable contracts since our last updateNotable contracts published since our last update include:
- £1.2bn to Innova Medical Group, for rapid tests, to be self-administered. This is the largest award to a single supplier.
- £1.1bn to Global Access Diagnostics Ltd, for more rapid tests, making this the second-largest award to a single supplier.
- £474m to 14 suppliers from NHS England for inpatient and outpatient services and to relieve hospital capacity during the pandemic.
Learn more about the Government's COVID-19 response
Download historic reports from our research team covering the coronavirus pandemic. These provide further analysis of the type of contracts awarded and the departments responsible for the procurement.
- Value of Government Covid-19 contracts exceeds £4bn - 4th July 2020
Public sector awards £1.7bn in Covid-19 response contracts - 4th June 2020
Tussell's data on Government's COVID-19 response in the press
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Below are some news articles that feature Tussell's data and analysis.
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|19th August 2020||Huffington Post|
|21st June 2020||BBC News|
|6th June 2020||The Times|
|15th May 2020||The Guardian|
|3rd April 2020||FT|
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