DeSantis announces he’ll do what Biden couldn’t, deliver 1 million at-home tests to Florida’s most vulnerable

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis joined Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Thursday and announced plans to distribute one million at-home COVID-19 tests to seniors in the Sunshine State. He criticized the Biden regime for bungling the demand for COVID tests following the emergence of the Omicron variant and the subsequent rise in cases.

“The Biden administration promised they were going to send all these at-home tests,” DeSantis said. “They said all you had to do is go online and get it, and nothing has happened in a month and a half with doing that.”

“We’ve secured a million at-home tests,” he continued. “We’re going to be distributing them to nursing homes and long-term care facilities throughout the state of Florida and then to the broader senior communities throughout our population because we view testing as something that should lead to then a clinical result.”

President Biden announced in December his plans for taxpayers to purchase 500 million at-home COVID tests, a plan that many say is a pipe dream and a non-starter considering how long it would take to fulfill that wish.

DeSantis agrees, adding that Biden has always misplaced blame for his own ineptness and China’s role in the pandemic.

“His promise was he would shut down the virus, and he’d demagogue Donald Trump every day,” DeSantis said. “He blamed Trump for COVID cases and deaths. He didn’t blame China, which is really where the blame belongs.”

“But he said it was all Trump’s fault, and then he would shut it down, and not only has he not shut it down, you have cases and hospitalizations in parts of the country like we’ve never seen before, so that fundamental promise he made to the American people, he has absolutely failed,” he continued.

DeSantis explained that tests will first go to nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and local communities before shelves are replenished at pharmacies and grocery stores. He also knocked the administration’s refusal to emphasize health and therapeutics, the latter instead choosing to remain stubborn in their insistence that masks and vaccines are the only way through the pandemic.

When it comes to those who contract the virus despite precautions, the madness is not confined to federal levels of government. The city of New York stated in December that local government and healthcare facilitators must  “consider race and ethnicity when assessing individual risk,” the New York Post reported.

In an op-ed run by the Post, Dr. Joel Zinberg, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and an associate clinical professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan, blasted the city’s use of race-based risk factors, BPR reported.

“New York City’s and state’s departments of health have reached a divisive and destructive low. In new guidelines rationing scarce, lifesaving oral antiviral medications and the one monoclonal antibody preparation that is effective against the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, they instruct providers to ‘consider race and ethnicity’ and give preference to those who are ‘Black, Indigenous, and People of Color,’” Zinberg wrote.

“These directives are immoral, illegal and bear no relation to the science,” the outlet reported.


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