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The Texas Tribune-ProPublica Investigative Unit

A Laredo ER spent $500,000 on coronavirus tests. Health officials say they’re unreliable.

A private emergency room owner bought 20,000 rapid COVID-19 tests, but a week later they were seized by the federal government. It's a bitter example of what can go wrong when local governments try to buy supplies on the open market from unknown manufacturers.

In a video posted on social media, boxes of coronavirus tests are unloaded after their arrival from China in Laredo.

A rush to buy COVID-19 tests. Confusion ensues.

Despite warning signs, the tests are bought

Unreliable tests. Law enforcement steps in.

$500,000 worth of tests, in limbo

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