grocery chain pharmacies in Florida were of all COVID-19 in the state weeks after the company supporting GOP Gov. , “ ” reported Sunday. The money trail was one of several linking wealthy supporters of DeSantis to special , whether it was a green light to boost business as a vaccine provider or a unique key to getting the shots.
In another example, the wealthy Republican city of Palm Beach was given, the TV news show reported. Meanwhile, several communities of color in the county lagged far behind in access to the vaccines as Publix, the state’s largest supermarket chain, was allowed to decide on its own where to .
Reporter Sharyn Alfonsi compared the situation to a free-for-all “Hunger Games,” with desperate Floridians scrambling forcontributors almost always coming out on top. The story is built on local media to vaccines to GOP donors. Those earlier stories triggered a call last month to investigate ” by state Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who also serves as Florida’s consumer watchdog.
Fried cited reports that included nearlyin Ocean Reef Club, a wealthy Key Largo enclave of GOP contributors, received vaccines by the middle of January. At the same time, people in most of the . “If this isn’t public corruption, I don’t know what is,” Fried said at a in early March. DeSantis and his vehemently denied the “60 Minutes” report of special treatment for Republican contributors. Cornered on the Publix contribution, DeSantis repeatedly called it “wrong” and a “fake narrative.”
Florida Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist had another word for it: “.” “In Gov. DeSantis’s Florida, money and power rule, and everyone else is at the back of the line,” Crist said in a statement. “This makes ‘Hunger Games’ an apt metaphor.”
On Sunday, Publix, which has stores throughout the Southeast,contribution and its lucrative vaccine contract. It called the suggestion that there is a connection “irresponsible.” In a statement to 60 Minutes, Publix says there is no connection between the supermarket chain’s campaign contributions and its partnership with the state to . The company’s complete statement can be read here:
Florida has had more than 2 million cases of COVID-19 and.
The entire “60 Minutes” report on the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida can be seen below.
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