Tennessee puts virus test supplies on an auction site

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (AP) — Tennessee officials accidentally listed 13 pallets of coronavirus testing materials and other supplies on an auction site, officials said.

The state listed the items on GovDeals.com, a government liquidation website, but promptly removed them on Thursday after The Tennessean asked about the auction. Officials told the newspaper the listing was accidental.

The auction listing was the “result of an internal processing mistake”, spokesman for the state’s COVID-19 Unified Command Team Dean Flener said. The supplies should have been stored but were inadvertently labelled as surplus and so were listed for auction.

The auction received one bid for USD150 before the items were removed, the newspaper reported.