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How a local Texas politician helped a serial entrepreneur use COVID-19 to boost his business

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic when testing supplies were limited, local politicians went to great lengths to help a businessman with a criminal past try to sell telehealth and COVID-19 services across Texas.

By Jeremy Schwartz, Lexi Churchill and Vianna Davila, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
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The origin

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The COVID-19 opportunity

Becerra appears to have issued an emergency use authorization for the antibody tests. The general counsel for Hays County said he has “found no evidence in the law that says a county judge can issue an EUA.”
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The sales pitch

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra announced a state of disaster during a press conference at the Hays County Courthouse in March.


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