A Florida official admitted Thursday that as many as 1 million COVID-19 check kits expired in a state warehouse over the previous few days of December whereas coronavirus circumstances have been skyrocketing and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis stated nothing concerning the well being disaster.
Kevin Guthrie, director of the state Division of Emergency Management, made the startling revelation concerning the Abbott Laboratories fast check kits in response to a reporter’s query at a Palm Beach press convention the place DeSantis was touting the state’s acquisition of an extra 1 million checks. Those at-home check kits are supposed to be out there solely to the aged.
“If you’re just young and healthy, you don’t need to be going out and getting tested every day,” DeSantis declared, contradicting many well being consultants. He stated nothing about getting vaccinated.
Guthrie claimed on the press convention that there was merely no demand for the checks that expired — regardless of massively lengthy traces of Floridians ready for checks that have been out there elsewhere, and regardless of drugstores being bought out of COVID checks.
The batch of fast checks expired between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30.
“We tried to give them out prior to that, but there was not a demand for it,” Guthrie insisted to reporters.
Before the expiration, the state’s Department of Health requested a three-month extension for utilizing them from Abbott and the federal authorities, however there has but been no resolution. The state had (*1*) to be used of the identical batch of checks, Florida Politics reported.
Agriculture Commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried was the primary to disclose the expired “stockpiled” checks on Dec. 30. It took the DeSantis administration seven days to substantiate — and solely when pressed by a journalist.
Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, a prime epidemiologist and senior fellow of the Federation of American Scientists, known as the expiration of the fast check kits a “scandal.”
Officials “denied… but they were caught lying… and had to admit it was true that they did have 1 million tests expire! Can’t make this up,” he tweeted.
My god this can be a scandal… Florida had ~1 million #COVID19 check kits sitting unused— that they expired! @NikkiFried known as @GovRonDeSantis out—they denied… however they have been caught mendacity… and needed to admit it was true that they did have 1 million checks expire! Can’t make this up 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/dkItcwoONQ
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 6, 2022
Fried has accused DeSantis of working like Donald Trump, who urged when COVID circumstances skyrocketed throughout his presidency to easily cease testing so case numbers wouldn’t go up.
Just held an emergency press convention to deal with the key stockpile of about a million COVID checks Ron DeSantis did not distribute, let expire, after which tried to cowl up after I known as him out for it.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) January 6, 2022
Florida has hit record numbers of cases amid the omicron surge and is tallying about 10% of the nation’s every day common of 550,000 circumstances, CBS News reported Wednesday.