Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the expiration date of about a million Covid-19 rapid tests, that expired late last month, has been extended. During a news conference in Bonita Springs Wednesday morning, DeSantis said the tests will be distributed to testing centers and county health departments.
The expiration date has been pushed until March 2022, the Florida Department of Health said in a statement.
“The end of the summer they had expired. The FDA agreed to extend it for three months. But those three months were almost zero demand in Florida for testing because we had such low COVID,” the governor said.
DeSantis criticized the FDA for taking too long to extend the expiration dates.
Last week, the DeSantis administration acknowledged that the rapid tests, which were not take-home tests, had expired in a warehouse. The Florida Department of Emergency Management Director said that the stockpile sat idle during the fall when cases fell in Florida and demand was low.
CNN reached out to the FDA for comment and to find out how many months past the original expiration date the Covid-19 test can be extended and still produce accurate results but has not yet heard back.