Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Biden admin defends decision to sign $1.3 billion Covid testing contract with a Chinese company

Pressed on why the Biden administration bought $1.3 billion worth of Chinese-made COVID-19 rapid tests being shipped to Americans, Jen Psaki insisted there wasn’t enough US capacity to meet demand — despite some domestic manufacturers reducing production last year due to a drop in orders.

“The Chinese company Andon Health owns iHealth, which is one of the providers — they signed a $1.3 billion contract with the Pentagon last month for these tests,” Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein said at Psaki’s Wednesday briefing. “Is the administration concerned about [the] optics and messaging of sending something to Americans’ homes that says ‘made in China’ on it?”

This is Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s response: