The South Florida SunSentinel reports:
Baptist Health on Friday disputed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ claim that his administration had nothing to do with the decision to send 1,200 COVID vaccine doses to Ocean Reef Club, the luxury Key Largo community at the center of controversy over whether the wealthy received privileged access to vaccines.
The governor made the claim at a news conference Thursday, when he slammed a Miami Herald report that claimed the state provided special access to vaccines to an enclave that contained many wealthy campaign donors.
But a statement Friday from Baptist Health South Florida spokeswoman Dori Alvarez appeared to contradict the governor, saying the state was involved in the decision and that the hospital system assisted only in the logistics of delivering doses already earmarked by the state for Ocean Reef.
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DeSantis: The state had nothing to do with this vaccination site.
Hospital that set up vaccination site: The state asked us to do this.
DeSantis office: “The Governor’s office statement from yesterday still stands.”
I don’t think that’s how facts work.https://t.co/cj5wsOUTVx
— Scott Maxwell (@Scott_Maxwell) March 6, 2021
#BREAKING: Baptist Hospital system contradicts Gov. Ron DeSantis on his claim that he had nothing to do with a wealthy Key West community receiving COVID vaccines before the rest of Florida.
He received $250,000 in campaign donations from a resident.https://t.co/0ZTIbIw8ha
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) March 6, 2021