TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News Services) – Florida added another 9,000 COVID-19 cases Friday bringing the total to more than 920,000 since the start of the pandemic.
However, Florida leaders are optimistic for the future, with hope two vaccines may be ready to roll out before the end of the year.
“I don’t believe we’re going to a dark winter,” said Senate President Wilton Simpson.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said while it’s not clear how many vaccine doses the state will get or exactly when they’ll arrive, once the FDA gives the go-ahead, the rollout will move quickly.
“The good thing about this is millions of doses are ready to ship as we speak,” said DeSantis. “As soon as the FDA approves, they will then go out within the next 24 hours. We expect our hospitals, hopefully, to receive these within the next 3 to 6 weeks. It is all contingent on when the FDA approves.”
Five Florida hospitals will receive the first doses, including Tampa General Hospital where Dr. Jason Wilson has been on the frontlines of the pandemic.
“You know, there’s been some frustrations in the sense of, you know, we don’t have a lot of tools and things to