To combat the Omicron surge, the Biden Administration planned to distribute free COVID-19 testing to all Americans. Unless you reside in an apartment, the ordered tests have been delivered thus far. Those who live in colder areas of the nation may have their exams left out in the cold as well. The COVID-19 tests should not be kept below 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
The federal government and the United States Postal Service were lauded by Bill Hemmer, co-host of “America’s Newsroom,” for delivering the tests to him fast. However, when he flipped the test packet over, the “fine print” revealed that the tests were made in China. Hemmer: “They all showed up. Dana, it’s produced in China on the back of the fine print.”
The Army Contracting Command awarded iHealth a $1.275 billion contract earlier this month. According to Reuters, the company, a subsidiary of China’s Andon Health Limited, also received a $120 million contract from the New York State Department of Health and a $148.3 million deal from Massachusetts. “Work will be undertaken in Sunnyvale, California,” according to the Army release.
Moreover, iHealth has been awarded a federal contract to sell quick COVID-19 rapid testing to clinicians and patients in the United States. Remote monitoring and coaching for patients with chronic conditions is the company’s main business. BGI Group, the world’s largest biotech corporation, a worldwide behemoth located in China, made an intriguing offer to Washington. “Foreign powers may gather, store, and use biometric information from COVID-19 testing,” according to Bill Evania, a former CIA and FBI counterintelligence official.
BGI Group is gathering a massive bank of genetic data and processing it using artificial intelligence, according to iReporters. iHealth may try to take advantage of its government contract to sell more patient monitoring systems. It’s an unacceptable error for a military unit to provide a firm with a stated objective to acquire health data from Americans a competitive advantage in the marketplace. While competitive bidding is advantageous to the taxpayer, common sense is used.