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Virginia joins six-state compact to expand antigen testing

5 August 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Gov. Northam announced yesterday that Virginia has entered a compact with five other states to expand the use of rapid antigen testing for COVID-19.

Gov. Northam joined Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in a bipartisan agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation.

The purchasing agreement will provide a platform to purchase tests and associated supplies in a sustainable, cost-effective manner, according to a news release from the Northam administration.

The six states are now in “formal discussions” with Becton Dickinson and Quidel, the U.S. manufacturers of antigen tests that have already been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, to purchase 500,000 rapid antigen tests per state. 

The rapid antigen tests can deliver results in 15 to 20 minutes. States plan to coordinate on policies and protocols regarding rapid antigen testing technology. The Rockefeller Foundation will assist in facilitating financing mechanisms to support this large-scale interstate testing compact.

“The states are leading America’s national response to COVID-19,” said Northam. “We are bringing together this bipartisan, multi-state coalition to combine our purchasing power and get rapid testing supplies to our communities as quickly as possible. The people in our six states want to see action, and together, we’re delivering.”

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