STATES BUYING TEST KITS
States Sidestep Trump to Buy Millions of Virus Tests
A bipartisan group of governors led by Maryland’s Larry Hogan has formed a pact with the Rockefeller Foundation to buy millions of coronavirus antigen tests,
The most significant example so far of states teaming to fight the pandemic rather than working through the federal government.
The agreement currently includes six states, which together plan to buy 3 million tests, with the foundation helping to marshal funds.
But the governors aim to recruit more states, assuring test-makers of the biggest possible market.
The group includes Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia,
The tests, which search for proteins on the surface of the virus, can deliver results in 15 to 20 minutes.
The agreement is a significant rebuke to the administration of President Donald Trump,
Which has failed to formulate a coherent national plan to fight a disease that so far has killed more than 156,000 Americans.
“With severe shortages and delays in testing and the federal administration attempting to cut funding for testing,
The states are banding together to acquire millions of faster tests to help save lives and slow the spread of Covid-19,” said Hogan,
The Republican governor of a blue state who is the outgoing chairman of the National Governors Association.
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