Florida's stockpiled COVID tests can be used
The FDA extended the expiration date on one million COVID-19 test kits that have become a political football in recent weeks, per the Times/Herald.
What happened: Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a candidate for governor, had blasted the DeSantis administration for letting kits expire in a warehouse as Omicron sent Floridians scrambling for tests.
- Gov. Ron DeSantis in turn blamed the federal government for failing to extend the expiration date.
Flashback: Until the recent Omicron surge, there was little demand for tests. The state didn't want to administer the ones in the warehouse for fear they were faulty, the Times/Herald reported.
What's next: The tests are in high demand. Orange County immediately asked for 100,000.
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