FDA approves tests from South Korean for use in Maryland

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has formally approved the use of 500,000 coronavirus tests purchased by Maryland from a South Korean company this month.

The Baltimore Sun reports the FDA gave LabGenomics Co emergency approval Wednesday.

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced April 20 that the state made the $9 million purchase in an effort to boost its testing capacity on the road to recovery from the global pandemic.

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The governor's office has said other materials needed for the test are still being ordered, though some tests have already been deployed to “high-priority hot spots."

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The Sun says some local officials and those looking for the tests have questioned when they will receive them.