ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits released an audit of Gov. Larry Hogan’s controversial purchase and replacement of COVID-19 tests from LabGenomics in South Korea.

A new audit finds the state spent $11 million on COVID-19 tests from South Korea that were approved by the FDA.

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced the purchase of 500,000 tests last year when the pandemic was just beginning.


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The audit found the tests were more likely to come back as false negatives or inconclusive and most of them were never used.

In a statement to WJZ, the governor’s office says, in part, “We have no regrets, except for the time and tax dollars that have been wasted trying to undermine this international accomplishment.”

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CBS Baltimore Staff