During a press conference earlier this week, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis unleashed on a reporter who accused him of favoring a specific supermarket chain in regards to COVID vaccination rights because of their donation to his committee.
With absolutely no evidence, the reporter claimed during the presser that DeSantis had granted Publix the COVID vaccination rights because they had previously donated $100,000 to his political committee.
“First of all, what you’re saying is wrong, that’s a fake narrative,” DeSantis said to the reporter.
DeSantis went on to explain that Publix was not the first pharmacy to receive these rights, CVS and Walgreens were: “They had a long-term care mission, so they were going to the long-term care facilities,” he explained. “They got vaccine in the middle of December, they started going to the long-term care facilities the third week of December. So it was their mission; that was very important and we trusted them to do that.”
“As we got into January, we wanted to expand the distribution points … you had some drive-through sites, you had hospitals that were doing a lot, but we wanted to get it into communities more, so we reached out to other retail pharmacies: Publix, Walmart — obviously CVS and Walgreens had to finish that mission and we said we’re going to use you as soon as you’re done with that,” he said.
Publix, according to DeSantis, was “the first one to raise their hand and say they were ready to go.”
“I had three counties — I actually showed up that weekend and talked to seniors across four different Publix,” he added, also noting that seniors gave their feedback on the experience of “100% positive” so he expanded it.
Locations such as Palm Beach “were kind of struggling at first in terms [of seniors being vaccinated]. We can do more drive-through sites, we can give more to hospitals, we can do the Publix thing, we can do this,” DeSantis said. “They calculated that 90% of their seniors live within a mile and a half of a Publix and they said we think that would be the easiest thing for our residents. So we did that.”
“So our way has been multifaceted, it has worked. And we’re also now very much expanding CVS and Walgreens now that they’ve completed the long-term care mission,” DeSantis said.
The reporter did not let up and instead continued with the same bogus questioning.
DeSantis fired back: “It’s wrong, it’s wrong, it’s a fake narrative.”
“I just disabused you of the narrative and you don’t care about the facts because obviously I laid it out for you in a way that is irrefutable, and so it’s clearly —,” DeSantis said.
“No, no, no,” DeSantis unleashed. “You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong.”
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