Biden “Blasted” By Republicans Over COVID-19 Test Kit Contract With Chinese Firm

Joe Biden faces harsh criticism from Congressional Republicans over awarding a US government contract worth more than $1.3 billion to a Chinese company for COVID-19 self-testing kits.

Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) said the agreement threatens America’s already fragile supply chain and forces the country to be even more dependent on Chinese production for the well-being of its citizens. He described the contract awarded to iHealth, which Chinese company Andon Health Ltd. owns, as “paying the arsonist” to help with the fire.

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) described the contract with iHealth as “ridiculous,” as China has obscured all information regarding the possible origination of COVID-19 in a Wuhan lab.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) called the new contract just the latest Biden COVID failure. He said that Biden has been eliminating American jobs “since day one.”

Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) told the Washington Free Beacon that the federal government should be assisting domestic suppliers instead of outsourcing crucial medical supply needs to China.

The White House has struggled to find test kits for purchase as the administration has emphasized testing more vigorously since the onset of the omicron variant. Long wait times and delivery problems have damaged the government’s attempts to deliver the hundreds of millions of tests that have been promised.

Republicans have been calling on Biden for months to use the Defense Production Act to promote increased domestic production of test kits. Last month, Biden’s chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci said that the Act would not help increase domestic supply because he believed that American producers were already at “full speed.”

New York and Massachusetts have previously paid iHealth tens of millions of dollars for testing kits. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said that New York’s decision to “line the pockets of the Chinese Communist Party” is a dereliction of duty.

The Chinese government hailed the new iHealth contract as a propaganda win over the Biden Administration. State media declared the US is dependent on China for critical medical needs.