Grocery chain Publix has denounced a CBS 60 Minutes report that suggested Florida Governor Ron DeSantis chose the chain to distribute coronavirus vaccines as a payback for campaign donations.
“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between campaign contributions made to Governor DeSantis and our willingness to join other pharmacies in support of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is absolutely false and offensive,” Publix said in a statement Monday.
The report selectively edited DeSantis’s explanation of the decision to use Publix to distribute vaccines, leaving out a large part of the explanation and skipping to a frustrated, shouting DeSantis.
DeSantis said Publix was chosen because there are more than 800 locations in Florida and that many locations were in senior living communities where seniors could get easy access to the vaccines.
He also said Publix was tried as a vaccine distributor on a trial basis and that the response from seniors was good, which is why he and other community leaders chose the chain as one of several distribution points including Walgreens and CVS.
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