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September 8th COVID-19 Update

Gov. Ron DeSantis builds up comeback message as COVID-19 ticks down in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been crisscrossing Florida and handing the microphone to coaches ready to play ball, brewers eager to pour pints again, and a doctor with controversial views who has the president’s ear.

The story DeSantis wants to tell: Florida has the novel coronavirus under control, and the state’s quarantine-weary everyday Joes and Janes think it’s time to get back to normal.

Florida’s tourism-based economy is firing back up, and better days are ahead, DeSantis has stressed in panel discussions held from Miami to Jacksonville.

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State says it’s preparing for 5 million doses of COVID vaccine. Who gets it and how?

Following the federal government’s direction, Florida officials say they are preparing for distribution of 5 million vaccine doses by the end of October, but in the unprecedented frenzy to produce a vaccine before the November election, there remain doubts — about safety, distribution, trust and whether the timeline is even realistic.

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