Federal Government Delayed Vaccines, But DeSantis' Vaccination Effort Called 'Criminal' by Fried, Farmer

Federal Government Delayed Vaccines, But DeSantis' Vaccination Effort Called 'Criminal' by Fried, Farmer

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
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March 15, 2021

Floridians were told to expect a delay in the COVID-19 vaccine last month due to weather and logistics issues, but vaccines are going into their arms. New research shows that 10% of Floridians have received a vaccine. In light of the delay, Florida Democrats are also continuing to call for an investigation into Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) vaccine rollout. Democratic leaders such as Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) have called the accusations against DeSantis "criminal," and she has called for both the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate DeSantis.

However, the delay appears to be the result of the Federal Government slowly dispersing COVID vaccines. As Governor DeSantis continues to highlight his "Senior First" vaccine rollout in the Sunshine State, the pressure is on the Biden Administration to deliver the necessary vaccines to states.

State Senator Gary Farmer (D), who has been an outspoken critic of Gov.DeSantis and who has called for his investigation by the FBI, tweeted that DeSantis was not letting Floridians know about the FEMA sites the Biden Administration has put in place.

Farmer says this is being done because Biden is a Democrat.

Democras are accusing DeSantis of administering COVID vaccines to rich donor and Republican enclaves instead of every day Floridians.

After visiting Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the end of last week, President Joe Biden (D) shared a hopeful update that the United States could see “normalcy” by the end of this year. “God willing, this Christmas will be different than last, but I can’t make that commitment to you,” Biden said, adding that he cannot provide “a date when this crisis will end, but I can tell you we are doing everything possible to have that day come sooner rather than later.”

In Florida, COVID-19 has infected one in 11 Floridians, and the delay in vaccines comes as the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that the first Pfizer dose is about 93% effective.

Currently, Florida is following the “two-dose regimen,” and Governor DeSantis assured last week that the state would continue working under that regiment until there’s more clinical guidance.

“We’re going to do the two doses,” he said, adding that “if that’s something that’s verified… that would be a great thing because you’d already be at 92, 93 percent after two weeks of the first dose.”

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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