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Senator Wilk: Newsom Administration fails to ‘meet the moment’ on state-funded COVID testing lab investigation

Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) released the following statement after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a long-awaited report about a troubling state-funded $1.7 billion COVID testing lab:

“It should not have taken 287 days for Californians to receive answers about this taxpayer-funded COVID testing lab. Especially when our vulnerable students are the ones at-risk. Parents and families deserve accountability and transparency from the Newsom Administration,” said Wilk. “The allegations exposed in February were troubling to say the least – swapped samples, inaccurate results, contamination, and beyond. Not to mention, private labs are producing the same results at a reduced cost. Looks like we can add this to the list of the times Newsom has failed to ‘meet the moment.’”

Click here to read the report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Last month, Leader Wilk sent two letters to CDPH requesting for the release of the report and the halting of the auto-renew of the $1.7 billion contract for Perkin Elmer. Click here and here to read the letters.

This article was released by the California State Senate Republican Caucus.