Florida's senior Senator believes the Sunshine State should skip to the front of the line for coronavirus vaccines as a result of the failure of Gov. Ron DeSantis to contain the virus in the state.
"The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic," the Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday. "Outbreaks of the new variants — including a highly contagious one first identified in the United Kingdom, as well as others from South Africa and Brazil that scientists worry can evade existing vaccines — have lent urgency to a review of potential travel restrictions within the United States, one federal official said."
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted the potential travel restrictions in a letter addressed to President Joe Biden.
"Instituting a travel ban, or any restriction of movement between the states would be an outrageous, authoritarian move that has no basis in law or science. Instead, it would only serve to inflict severe and devastating economic pain on an already damaged economy. While we are all concerned that the pandemic continues to take a toll on our friends, family and communities, forbidding Americans from traveling across state lines will not force any strain of COVID-19 to cease. It would instead starve Florida's businesses of much-needed tourism dollars, keep family and friends apart, and set an unprecedented use of power on the American people," Rubio wrote.
Instead, the GOP senator wants additional vaccines to be sent to Florida.
"Instead of dictating where Americans can, or cannot travel, your administration should instead focus on increasing supply and availability of vaccines, especially to Florida, the third most populous state and a winter retreat. I have already requested an increase of vaccines be allocated because of the numerous non-Floridians seeking inoculations. If you are concerned about the coronavirus spread in Florida, I urge you to fast track additional vaccines to the state instead of attempting to cripple our economy," Rubio urged.