Tory governments have long espoused the notion that the private sector can do everything more efficiently than a state run organisation - why should the response to a pandemic be any different ? What I find more galling is the fact that all of these deals have been shrouded in secrecy, whereas these contracts are being paid for through public funds, i.e. taxpayers contributions to HM Treasury. The lack of public tender reporting just underlines this current government’s attempts to avoid scrutiny in as many of its dealings as possible, under cover of the urgency to respond to the pandemic, but the same has been true of preparations for Brexit. What fundamental reason of national secrecy can possibly justify why the public is not allowed to know the details of such transactions? To me, it seems cynical in the extreme, but again, I am not surprised, it just seems to have ever been so (at least since I can recall, albeit just under half a century).