London — UK pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and AstraZeneca are in talks to set up a lab to explore new ways of testing for the coronavirus to help overcome shortages of diagnostic materials, according to a person with knowledge of the plans.

The drugmakers will evaluate the use of different raw materials needed to carry out the tests and use their know-how and resources to help other companies or the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) increase production, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the details of the discussions aren’t yet public...

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