The president of the United States led an act aimed at seducing that group, which in 2016 gave him strong support, but this year he could change his vote.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, tries to improve his support among the elderly, with the promise of a free vaccine against the coronavirus to the elderly in nursing homes, while his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, denounced his “lies” about the pandemic and his attempts to end health care reform.
Both Trump and Biden on Friday focused on health issues, a priority for many of the voters in the presidential elections on November 3, during their respective campaign rallies in the key states of Florida and Michigan.
“I will protect you, defend you and fight for you with every bit of energy and conviction that I have,” Trump promised older voters during an event focused on them in Fort Myers, Florida.
Trump won the Presidency in 2016 with 53% of the vote of those over 65, according to the Pew Research Center, but polls show it is losing support among that group demographic, very important in Florida.
Determined to correct that trend, the president took advantage of his act this Friday to announce an agreement between his government with CVS Health and Walgreens so that, when there is a vaccine against Covid-19, it will be distributed to the elderly in long-term residences and to the staff of those establishments for free.
“The elderly will be the first in line to get the vaccine, and we will soon end the pandemic,” said Trump, stressing that he will move “heaven and earth” to protect the elderly.
The measure could benefit up to 50,000 facilities that care for older adults throughout the United States, although it will not be mandatory and residences will be able to decide if they want to take advantage of it, officials from the Department of Health said in a telephone press conference.
The announcement came at the same time as news from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer that has negative political implications for Trump: that company does not plan to request an emergency authorization from the US government for its vaccine before the third week of November.
That does virtually impossible for Trump to announce a vaccine before the electionA goal that he had set for himself publicly and that he hoped would boost his chances of winning a second term, given his lag in the polls.
The president later starred in another act in Florida and one more in Georgia, while Biden campaigned in the key state of Michigan to highlight, precisely, the mistakes he believes Trump has made in his handling of the pandemic.
“Yesterday (Trump) said in his televised meeting with voters that we have turned the page (to the worst of the pandemic). It is not disappearing, it is rising again, it is getting worse, as predicted” the experts, said the Democratic candidate in a speech in the town of Southfield.
Biden spoke shortly after it was confirmed that the United States has exceeded 8 million infections of covid-19, with more than 218,000 deaths, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
The former US vice president recalled that on November 10, just after the elections, the US Supreme Court will hold a hearing to decide on the future of health coverage under the reform approved in 2010, and popularly known as Obamacare.
“If Trump has his way, 20 million Americans will lose their health coverage,” warned Biden, who warned that, in the future without Obamacare, “long-term complications from covid will become the next ‘pre-existing diseases. ‘”that many insurances” refuse “to cover.
By Lucía Leal, EFE agency