California signed a contract worth up to $1.4 billion with a company to provide a cheaper COVID-19 test that will allow the state to eventually more than double the number of people tested to 250,000 per day, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. (Aug. 26)
GAVIN NEWSOM: We have formalized a partnership now with PerkinElmer to build out a new laboratory here in the state of California with PerkinElmer's capacity to provide the full supply chain in terms of the reagents and the, roughly, 20 different ingredients that go in to a test.
The state will be accountable for logistics and billing. We have other work that we're responsible doing. But this provides us the ability to have much more stability and the ability to provide more reliability to people that are at risk, essential workers, to address the issue of the supply chain constraints that we think will only grow not diminish into the flu season, to provide, as we say in this slide, some insurance against what we lazily referred to as the twindemic of flu and COVID season, to provide guarantees in terms of turnaround time for results, and ultimately, to drive down the cost for everybody.
This is exactly what the federal government should be doing. But what is significant in this partnership is we are demanding test results back within 24 hours, the latest, 48 hours. And we have provisions in the contract to guarantee that turnaround time.
You get in within 48 hours, certainly within 24 hours, then we have the ability to make decisions in real-time that will advance our efforts to reopen our schools for in-person education, reopen our businesses in a more effective and efficient manner and a more sustainable manner. And by the way, we'll be putting out those guidelines Friday in terms of the new strategies we are advancing as it relates to reopening.