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 vaccine access, whether it was a 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, manymunities of color in the county, meged 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 mediafor 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 nearlyin Ocean Reef Club, a wealthy Key Largo enclave of GOP contributors, who received vaccines by the middle of January. At the same time, people in most of the rest of the .
“If this isn’t public corruption, I don’t know what is,” Fried said at ain early March.
DeSantis and hisvehemently 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 andof the line,” Crist said. “This makes ‘Hunger Games’ an apt metaphor.”
On Sunday, Publix, which has stores throughout the Southeast, denied any link between thecontract. It called the suggestion that there is a connection “irresponsible.”
Florida has had more than 2 million cases of COVID-19 and.
The entire “60 Minutes” report on thein Florida can be seen below.
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