One year ago, Gov. Larry Hogan made what might be generously described as a high-profile mistake when his administration cut a deal to purchase 500,000 coronavirus test kits from a South Korean company, LabGenomics, for $9 million. They did not work as expected, had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and most were probably never used. The state then spent another $2.5 million to secure a second batch of workable kits. This is detailed in a report released last week by the Office of Legislative Audits, a nonpartisan auditing team within the Maryland General Assembly’s Department of Legislative Services that operates similarly to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Korean COVID-19 test kits: Why can’t Maryland’s governor admit mistakes?
April 6, 2021