Trump tells Florida seniors they’ll be ‘first in line’ for coronavirus vaccine

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President Trump made an appeal to seniors in Florida on Friday, saying older Americans will be “first in line” for a coronavirus vaccine.

Speaking indoors to several hundred people — some without masks — in Fort Myers, Mr. Trump said seniors are his biggest priority. He said the administration has reached an agreement with major drug-store chains to deliver an eventual vaccine.

“I am thrilled to announce that we have just finalized a partnership with CVS and Walgreens … to immediately deliver the vaccine directly to nursing homes at no cost to our seniors,” he said.

Mr. Trump said, “I will protect you, I will defend you, and I will fight for you with every ounce of energy and conviction that I have. As president, I am deeply aware that America’s 54 million seniors have borne the heaviest burden of the ‘China Virus.’ I feel their pain.”

He said the U. S. will overcome the pandemic, and he told the audience not to listen to “the professional pessimists.” Cases of COVID-19 have been rising in at least 40 states in the past two weeks, and the U.S. has surpassed 8 million infections.

“My message to America’s seniors today is one of optimism, confidence, and hope,” Mr. Trump said. “Your sacrifice has not been in vain. We are rounding the turn. I am moving heaven and earth to safeguard our seniors from the ‘China virus,’ to deliver life-saving therapies in record time, and to distribute a safe and effective vaccine before the end of the year. Seniors will be the first in l... (Read more)