FLORIDA: GOV. DeSANTIS @govrondesantis Distributes Vaccine as Political Favors

Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried fired off a written statement condemning the governor.

“There is no reason that Gov. DeSantis should be rationing vaccines based on political influence. This is troubling and potentially illegal. Vaccines should be distributed to counties based on need, capacity, and science,” Fried said.

“While I am disappointed in the governor using vaccines as a political tool, I plan on working with the Biden administration to ensure they do not penalize Floridians for his actions and continue to ramp up vaccine distribution to all communities, so that we can get our economy and state going again.”

Florida Democratic Party chair Manny Diaz also released a written statement.

“Gov. DeSantis must stop playing politics with the vaccine distribution here in Florida. Threatening retribution and less vaccine access for communities that criticize the vaccine rollout for its problems is shameful and inhumane,” Diaz said.

“Vaccine access is a life or death situation for so many Floridians, yet somehow Gov. DeSantis thinks it is okay to play favorites and punish anyone who criticizes him or his vaccine program. This must stop. Floridians need a leader with empathy, not a politician who chooses politics over lives.”

With the help of connections, several FL groups appear to get special treatment in securing vaccine doses | Florida Phoenix

FLORIDA RANKED #36 in PERCENT VACCINATIONS ADMINISTERED: Feb. 9

Florida

Doses distributed to state: 3,791,925

Doses administered: 2,607,527

Percentage of distributed vaccines that have been administered: 68.77

States ranked by percentage of COVID-19 vaccines administered: Feb. 9

Miami-Dade Vaccination Crisis: Where Are Our Leaders?

Despite being the epicenter of severe COVID cases and deaths in Florida, Miami-Dade has vaccinated a smaller percentage of its seniors than the state average, significantly trailing other South Florida counties and metro areas.

The state has been making progress as a whole, with about one-third of Florida seniors having now received at least one dose of the two federally authorized COVID-19 vaccines. But in Miami-Dade, which has suffered the most hospitalizations and deaths from the disease in the state, the percentage of seniors 65 and older who have received at least one dose is closer to 1 in 4.

Miami-Dade lags behind in FL COVID vaccines for 65 and older | Miami Herald

FLORIDA: Vaccination Rate Compared

Looking only at the biggest 10 states, those with the highest number of vaccine doses distributed to states, Florida ranks right in the middle.

Here’s what those top 10 states look like in terms of doses distributed to states compared to getting shots to residents: Texas: 66.28% Michigan: 66.02% North Carolina: 61.99% New York: 61% Florida: 60.78% Georgia: 59.78% Ohio: 59.38% California: 57.84% Illinois: 57.39% Pennsylvania: 55.30%

How is FL doing on getting COVID vaccines to residents? Just slightly below average | Florida Phoenix

U.K. Variant Spreading Rapidly through United States

The coronavirus variant that shut down much of the United Kingdom is spreading rapidly across the United States, outcompeting other mutant strains and doubling its prevalence among confirmed infections every week and a half, according to new research made public Sunday.

U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds – The Washington Post

FLORIDA: Hotspot for Dangerous UK Variant

Florida stands out as the state with the highest prevalence of the variant. The new report estimated the doubling time of B.1.1.7 prevalence in positive test results at 9.1 days.

U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds – The Washington Post

Will @govrondesantis Gov. DeSantis Take the Immediate and Decisive Action Needed? He Won’t!

“Our study shows that the U.S. is on a similar trajectory as other countries where B.1.1.7 rapidly became the dominant SARS-CoV-2 variant, requiring immediate and decisive action to minimize covid-19 morbidity and mortality,”

U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds – The Washington Post