A Florida Democrat ripped “60 Minutes” on Thursday for pushing the narrative that Gov. Ron DeSantis, R., partnered with Publix on vaccine distributions as a so-callled “pay-for-play” scheme, calling it “absolute malarkey.”
Florida Division of Emergency Administration head Jared Moskowitz tweeted at CBS’s newsmagazine that Publix, a well-liked southern grocery retailer chain, was advisable by his company and the Florida Division of Well being, not the governor’s workplace.
“I stated this earlier than and I’ll say it once more,” he tweeted. “Publix was advisable by [Florida Division of Emergency Management] and [Florida Department of Health] as the opposite pharmacies weren’t prepared to begin. Interval! Full Cease! Nobody from the Governors workplace steered Publix. It’s simply absolute malarkey.”
Moskowitz additionally resurfaced a tweet he sent last month that stated, “This concept why @Publix was picked has been utter nonsense. We reached out to all pharmacies and so they had been the one one who on the time may execute on the mission. The federal authorities delayed the federal pharmacy program and we but once more stepped up first to serve extra seniors.”
The “60 Minutes” section sought to make a connection between a $100,000 donation to DeSantis’s political motion committee from Publix and the following resolution to have the chain assist with vaccine distribution.
Publix has greater than 800 areas in Florida.
In a press release to Fox Information, the shop disputed the “60 Minutes” piece as “false and offensive.”
“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between marketing campaign contributions made to Governor DeSantis and our willingness to affix different pharmacies in assist of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is completely false and offensive. We’re pleased with our pharmacy associates for administering greater than 1.5 million doses of vaccine to this point and for becoming a member of different retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to do our half to assist our communities emerge from the pandemic,” a Publix spokesperson instructed Fox Information.
“60 Minutes” has come under fire from critics for modifying out DeSantis’ response to questions from reporter Sharyn Alfonsi, in addition to portray his resolution to prioritize vaccines for senior residents as motivated by politics and never the truth that their demographic was most vulnerable to dying of the virus.
Fox Information’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.