Early CDC test kits were delayed because of contamination issues, HHS report affirms
One of two types of test kits produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January were likely contaminated, its parent agency confirmed. Multiple health officials have previously told CNN that contamination in manufacturing the CDC test for the coronavirus caused weeks of delays that slowed the US response to the pandemic. "CDC made its test in one of its laboratories, rather than in its manufacturing facilities," the FDA spokesperson told CNN at the time. It took roughly three weeks to sort out the failed test kits, far longer than the CDC had anticipated. Along the way, regulators would discover the lab producing the test kits was contaminated, likely causing the tests to malfunction, according to a senior administration official.