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DeSantis downplayed New York help his aides ‘very much appreciated'

Posted On: Jul 11, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

DeSantis downplayed New York help his aides ‘very much appreciated'

TALLAHASSEE - Florida will start getting shipments this weekend of an antiviral drug that has shown signs of helping severely ill Covid-19 patients - cargo senior aides scored in part from New York just as Gov. Ron DeSantis was publicly dismissing the state's help, emails show.
Fresh doses of remdesivir were expedited with help from Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, DeSantis told reporters Saturday during a news conference at the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, noting that hospitals across the state will start receiving shipments. While DeSantis was quick to praise the Trump administration, the governor spent the past few days downplaying the notion that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office had come to Florida's aid.
"They're not helping us," DeSantis told reporters during a Jacksonville news conference on Thursday.
"I think someone reached out to our office about ventilators and we have like, 6,000 just sitting idle.... We don't need ventilators. We don't...

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