“The former head of procurement for the Maryland Department of Health said he was forced into retirement without explanation, months after refusing an unusual late-night request to send millions of dollars to a South Korean COVID-19 test-kit manufacturer.
He also raised concerns about whether the state followed best practices in its rush to acquire the tests last spring.
In an interview with Maryland Matters, Dana Lee Dembrow, a former member of the House of Delegates, said he was forced to resign by then-Secretary Robert R. Neall on Nov. 23, just one week before Neall himself retired.
The Maryland Department of Health is disputing several key elements of Dembrow’s account.
Dembrow said he was “shocked” and “disappointed” to be forced out after more than four years in the post, and asserted that stepping down in the middle of the pandemic was the furthest thing from his mind. He said he was summoned into a conference room and told that if he didn’t agree to retire, his departure would be recorded as a termination, potentially hurting future job opportunities.
Dembrow’s firing is the latest development in the saga over COVID-19 test kits the state of Maryland purchased from a South Korean company during the spring, when the coronavirus was still relatively new and states were scrambling to respond to the public health crisis. While Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced the procurement of the Korean test kits with great fanfare in mid-April, The Washington Post reported last month — three days before Dembrow’s termination — that the test kits were flawed and never used.”
Md. Gov. Hogan Spent $9Million on Faulty Coronavirus Tests From South Korea
“Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan used state funds to purchase $9.46 million dollars worth of faulty coronavirus tests from South Korea, according to a local news outlet.
The South Korean company LabGenomics sent the state 500,000 tests in April that were never used due to defects, an investigation released Friday by The Washington Post revealed.”
“On Friday, Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis released a statement following The Washington Post’s report, calling Hogan’s acquisition of the tests a “botched publicity stunt.”
“With Governor Hogan, everything seems to be performative. Instead of taking actions that would have actually helped Marylanders, it’s clear that the Governor was only concerned about his own personal optics. He knew the tests had failed and spent $2.5 million of taxpayer money to cover it up; all the while, he wrote about the tests in his memoir — declaring himself a hero. In the middle of a pandemic, Governor Hogan seems to have time to give hour-long speeches about Ronald Reagan’s leadership, but he clearly doesn’t have any time to be a leader himself. LinkTo Article
Hogan’s first batch of coronavirus tests from South Korea were flawed, never used
“..Hogan and his top health and procurement officials withheld the tests’ flaws from the legislature, state spending authorities and the public, according to a review of public testimony and hundreds of pages of emails and other records.”
Governor Hogan Announces State of Maryland Aquires 500,000 covid-19 Tests From South Korea’s LabGenomics
Link To $Billions to S. Korean Biotech
Link To Biotech in Korea
Dr. Reiner Fuellmich |
Re: PCR Tests — “Contrary to official assurances they are completely unsuitable for detecting an infection.”