The Pentagon has confirmed that the US Air Force has flown 500,000 test kits from Italy to the US. The transfer took place on Wednesday. The swab tests will now be distributed to individual states to support the backlog in screening needs that the United States is currently experiencing.
Italy has one of the highest testing rates in the world and was one of the first countries to isolate the virus in order to develop test kits to produce nationally.
Earlier this week, Italians took to social media to warn other countries like the US to take the virus threat more seriously.
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