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States Show Fury at Trump With Bipartisan Testing Plan

  • Governors, Rockefeller Foundation want at least 3 million kits
  • Republicans and Democrats seek more states to join the effort
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Frustrated by a lack of federal leadership, governors of both parties are trying to forge a national coronavirus testing program without the White House’s help.

The seven-state effort to buy more than 3 million coronavirus antigen tests was born of need and disappointment. It was midwifed by the Rockefeller Foundation and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and skirts President Donald Trump’s administration, even if many governors would prefer an approach coordinated by the federal government.