04.22.20

More Than 100,000 COVID-19 Tests Gardner Helped Secure to Arrive Soon in Colorado

The South Korean government is delivering over 100,000 COVID-19 tests to Colorado at Gardner’s request

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, celebrated the news today that more than 100,000 COVID-19 tests he helped secure from South Korea will be arriving soon in Colorado. Through his diplomatic work, he was able to connect the State of Colorado to suppliers in South Korea and facilitate and support the purchase and delivery of the tests.  

“After working closely with the Republic of Korea and Governor Polis to secure more COVID-19 tests for Colorado, I’m proud that more than 100,000 tests will soon be delivered to our state,” said Senator Gardner. “The U.S.-ROK alliance is ironclad and proven to not only be crucial for U.S. economic and national security interests, but for our health as well. Widespread testing for COVID-19 is critical, and I know our entire state joins me in thanking Ambassador Lee and all our friends in South Korea as we work together to beat this pandemic.”

Yesterday, with Senator Gardner’s support, the Senate approved $25 billion to increase COVID-19 testing capability.

Senator Gardner is working around the clock with Governor Polis, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Vice President Pence, President Trump, manufacturers, and U.S. allies to obtain more COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals in Colorado on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

Background:

  • Gardner worked with the South Korean government to secure over 100,000 COVID-19 tests and with the company Aytu Bioscience to secure 100,000 tests.
  • Gardner worked with Lowe’s to provide 100,000 masks to Colorado and worked with Taiwan to secure two million total masks for the U.S. and 100,000 for Colorado.
  • Gardner secured 100 ventilators from the federal government for Colorado.
  • Gardner called for an investigation into reports that thousands of ventilators in the national stockpile are not functioning.
  • Gardner has requested expedited review of certification capabilities of and PPE produced by universities in Colorado to help increase additional PPE for distribution.

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 Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.