De Santis Threatens To Pull COVID Vaccines From Critics’ Communities

Underneath fireplace for siphoning COVID-19 vaccines to a rich group tied to huge donors, Gov. Ron De Santis completely proved he reveals no favoritism threatening to chop off vaccines to your entire county.

From the South Florida Solar-Sentinel:

DeSantis is going through questions over his choice to offer seniors residing in two of Manatee County’s wealthiest ZIP codes with particular entry to the vaccine.

The pop-up vaccination web site is serving residents of Lakewood Ranch, a deliberate group in Southwest Florida with household ties to Liz and Dick Uihlein. The New York Instances dubbed the pair “probably the most highly effective conservative couple you’ve no means heard of.”

The couple’s checklist of political contributions consists of $900,000 Dick Uihlein gave to DeSantis’ political committee in 2018 and 2019

De Santis was criticized each Republican and Democratic native officers. Republican Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia mentioned, “You take the Whitest demographic, the richest demographic in Manatee County and placing them forward of everybody else.” She known as the optics “very unhealthy.”

De Santis responded threatening to tug all of the vaccinations from the county. CNN reported his response at a Wednesday information convention when requested in regards to the matter:

“If Manatee County does not like us doing this, then we’re completely fantastic with placing this in counties that need it,” DeSantis mentioned.

“We will look to do increasingly more with the extra doses however anybody in Manatee … if they do not need us doing it, then simply inform us, and we’ll be sure that that that we ship these doses to people who need it,” he additionally repeated later within the information convention.

As a result of nothing reveals you don’t play favorites like threatening your critics with taking away vaccines throughout a pandemic.

This isn’t the primary time De Santis has been criticized for prioritizing rich White donors. On January 31, The Palm Seashore Publish blasted his choice to chop out native officers from the decision-making course of and route all vaccines in Palm Seashore County way of the Publix grocery store chain, which typically doesn’t serve poor, rural communities, the place the necessity is larger.

DeSantis has not totally defined why he selected the all-Publix route for Palm Seashore County nor mentioned how a lot Publix will obtain for the contract. His workplace is adamant that the choice had nothing to do with Publix donating $100,000 to the political motion committee Pals of Ron DeSantis.

But let it’s famous that Walgreens made only one $25,000 contribution to the governor’s PAC, in February of 2020. CVS just isn’t on the PAC’s checklist of contributors. Both pharmacy chain, ignored the governor, has extra shops in Florida than Publix. And both one is less complicated for poorer folks to succeed in.

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