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Kansas City Coronavirus Innovators | Hawley's Electoral Challenge

Lab worker in protective mask, gown and gloves using a pipette to transfer liquid into a test tube.
Courtesy of InnovaPrep
InnovaPrep in Drexel, Missouri, has developed products including its Concentrating Pipette that allows for quick precise detection of COVID-19 in environmental sources like storm runoff and wastewater.

Two companies explain how they put their know-how to use in battling COVID-19 and why Missouri's junior senator plans to object during the Senate's verification of the Electoral College votes.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:44: How Missouri products are allowing for better detection and contact tracing of the coronavirus.

InnovaPrep and EB Systems' products and technology will not only help find and trace COVID-19 now, but will leave us better prepared for the next pandemic.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:06: By challenging the votes cast by state electors, Senator Josh Hawley and other Republicans are looking ahead to 2022 and 2024.

By making a move that most experts agree will fail, Hawley looks to secure his standing with the Republican Party base. This could come in handy should the senator run for president in 2024.

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