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Maryland Receives Kits for 1,000 Coronavirus Tests from Chinese Company (The Baltimore Sun)

March 24, 2020

Dr. Robert Gallo

The Baltimore Sun

A Chinese company has delivered kits for 1,000 coronavirus tests to Maryland through the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, according to Dr. Robert Gallo, the eminent virologist who leads the institute in downtown Baltimore.

"They are offering tests directly to the state," Gallo said Monday. "They contacted us and not the [federal] government."

The tests, approved last week for marketing and use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, arrived in Baltimore on Saturday. The company that produced them donated them. On Monday, Gallo was making arrangements for their distribution.

Maryland got the tests in part because of Gallo’s renown and the consortium of international virologists he helped establish nine years ago.

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