This is the first I've read of a detailed explanation of the issue.
Like airplane accidents and other disaster failures, it is almost never just one device, decision, event that causes the wheels to come off the bus. Much of the time, the incident is compounded by human error and decisions by people and organizations.
This Washington Post article digs into the details for why the United States did not have enough kits in order to have early detection of the virus here in this country and then be able to use public health containment measures to reduce the spread of the virus, What went wrong with the coronavirus tests in the U.S.
The end result is that now 1 million kits have been shipped six weeks late. You can expect the number of COVID-19 cases to expand exponentially by the end of this week. We will be looking at thousands of cases, if not tens of thousands.
I expect more drastic measures to be taken by the federal government.