Coronavirus tests brought to Australia by Andrew Forrest at $200m cost to taxpayers not being used

Posted by on May 12, 2020 11:00 pm
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Exclusive: Most states are not using the type of tests purchased by mining magnate’s Minderoo Foundation and some have no need of additional tests

Most state and territory governments say they are not using the Covid-19 tests brought to Australia by the billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest at a $200m cost to taxpayers, which the Guardian can reveal have been sent to the national medical stockpile rather than the coronavirus frontline.

When announcing the purchase last month, the federal health minister, Greg Hunt, said the tests would be used to help state public health units test throughout 2020.

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