During a press briefing Monday, President Biden’s White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis‘ handling of the vaccine, saying:
“I will note — because we’re data-first here, facts-first here — they’ve only distributed about 50% of the vaccines they’ve been given in Florida. So clearly, they have a good deal of the vaccine.”
Gov. DeSantis issued a statement calling Psaki’s comments “totally disingenuous,” explaining that the state is reserving second doses for seniors who already received their first shot.
“The insinuation that Florida is underutilizing vaccines is totally disingenuous.
Florida is number one in the country among the top 10 most populous states for vaccine doses per capita.
Additionally, Florida is averaging more than 300,000 first doses per week but we are not going to divert second doses away from our seniors.
If the implication is that we should be giving those second doses away to other people, that is not the way the FDA has prescribed the series.
We are also number one in the nation by far for vaccinations of seniors, as Florida has vaccinated more than 1 million seniors 65 and older to date. If we are given additional first doses, we are ready to double our output.
The possibilities are endless here in Florida, but it is contingent on us getting additional supply from the federal government. We are committed to ensuring our seniors are the priority and get their second dose, and if the White House is suggesting that we shouldn’t be doing that, I don’t think that’s a good suggestion.”
This morning I was asked to address recent comments from the White House about Florida’s vaccine allocation. Here is my statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/imwvT67sRo
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 26, 2021
Tampa Bay’s News 10 reported that during a Tuesday morning press conference at a Publix in Indian River County, Gov. DeSantis said Florida is receiving about 266,000 doses per week but has the capacity to administer more.
“We’re at the mercy of whatever is sent, so if they send 500,000 first doses instead of 266,000, I can double the drive-thru sites, I can give more to hospitals, I can expand Publix,”
Jen Psaki Replacing Facts With Feelings Isn’t Shocking
As TuskerDaily reported last week in our “America’s Already Knee Deep In Joe Biden BS article
Jen Psaki showed how, over the next four years, as the White House Press Secretary, she will defend the Biden administration’s duplicity, by selectively citing only certain data and/or numbers.