Rogue Florida Guv's Next Pandemic Fiasco: Vaccine Rollout - 2020-12-15
Perhaps no state illustrates that dilemma better than Florida. The state is uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus owing to its combination of a huge elderly population—nearly 400,000 of whom live in nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities—and a GOP governor and legislature that have downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic while actively resisting local authorities' efforts to control transmission via social-distancing measures and mask mandates.
Florida badly needs the vaccine in order to hold back a rising wave of infections—around 9,000 new cases a day in recent weeks—and prevent a nightmarish spike in deaths. The state has already lost nearly 20,000 people. How many more die depends in part on who state authorities allow to get vaccinated first as the supply of the vaccine slowly grows.
But Florida is already getting it wrong, according to experts surveyed by The Daily Beast, and the results could be disastrous.