‘More than enough’ capacity before government spent $200m on Andrew Forrest Covid-19 tests

Posted by on June 10, 2020 9:43 pm
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Pathology Technology Australia says there was a ‘complete lack of transparency’ and consultation by government before it bought tests from Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation

The federal government’s $200m purchase of Covid-19 testing kits from Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation caught the Australian diagnostics industry by surprise, lacked transparency and came after a detailed audit showed there was “more than enough technology already in the field”, the sector’s peak body has claimed.

The mining magnate and philanthropist announced in April that he had secured 10m Covid-19 PCR tests for Australia from the Chinese manufacturer Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) at a cost of $200m, which would be refunded by the federal government.

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