Florida Gov. DeSantis confirms 1 million COVID tests expired in state warehouse

Florida hadn't heard back from the federal government regarding an extension on the tests.
Ron DeSantis at Augusta National Golf Club.
Ron DeSantis April 10, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the director of state's Department of Emergency Management have confirmed that 800,000 to 1 million COVID-19 test kits expired in a warehouse before they could be used.

DeSantis said Thursday the Food and Drug Administration hadn't gotten back to state's Emergency Management office regarding another extension for the tests.

He said the agency has been asking about expiration date "for many, many weeks anticipating that," according to Politico.

"Basically, the way they [the federal government] do this is they always want to have enough tests if people need them, they send them down," the Republican governor continued. "The results of that is we had a stockpile, but no one really wanted them for many, many months."

Such tests were in indeed in relatively low demand in recent months, until the virus' highly contagious Omicron variant reached the U.S in late December.

"The thing is, if they're not authorized, if they're not accurate, we don't want to send inaccurate tests," DeSantis continued . "They already were extended in September. ... The FDA has not gotten back to DEM about whether you can still send" them.

He also said  were so the test have been around for a year. 

"We tried to give them out prior to that [expiration], but there was not a demand for it," said Kevin Guthrie, director of state's Department of Emergency Management, "We received a three-month extension on those test kits, which ended up expiring between Dec. 26 to Dec. 30. We tried to give them out beforehand but there was no demand for it."

According to a Dec. 21 letter from Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levina Cava to the state surgeon general, she requested "all possible tests be directed to the county to meet the growing demand for testing in our community."