President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeds investigating if alleged Hunter Biden emails connected to foreign intelligence operation: reportSix takeaways from Trump and Biden’s dueling town hallsBiden draws sharp contrast with Trump in low-key town hallMORE appealed to American seniors on Friday by touting his administrations effort to swiftly deliver a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, announcing a new public-private partnership to deliver a possible vaccine to senior citizens free of cost.
During a speech in Fort Myers, Fla., Trump announced that his administration would partner with CVS and Walgreens to immediately deliver a vaccine directly to nursing homes at no cost to their residents.
Trump delivered the remarks to a crowd of a few hundred individuals. 
The president defended his administrations response to the pandemic, which has killed over 218,000 Americans and disproportionately impacted the senior population, and pledged to have 100 million doses of a vaccine available by the end of the year or sooner. He said seniors would be first in line for the vaccine.
I am deeply aware that Americas 54 million seniors have borne the heaviest burden of the China virus, Trump told an audience of a few hundred at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater, referring to the coronavirus. Many older Americans have endured months of isolation, missing weddings, birthdays, graduations, church and family reunions.
My message to Americas seniors today is one of optimism, confidence, and hope. Your sacrifice has not been in vain. The light at the need of the tunnel is near. We are rounding the turn, he continued.
Trumps speech comes as he seeks to shore up his support among older Americans less than three weeks from Election Day, as polls indicate his support among the senior population has eroded.
He has faced broad disapproval for his handling of the pandemic, and has repeatedly focused on efforts to deliver a vaccine quickly through “Operation Warp Speed.”
The president initially insisted a vaccine could be ready before the election, contradicting predictions from public health experts, but has recently adjusted his comments as potential vaccines continue to undergo trials. 
The speech was billed as an official address but quickly became political, as he oscillated between promoting his own agenda and attacking Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFeds investigating if alleged Hunter Biden emails connected to foreign intelligence operation: reportSix takeaways from Trump and Biden’s dueling town hallsBiden draws sharp contrast with Trump in low-key town hallMORE, warning ominously that Americas seniors are under threat from a radical left movement.
Trump claimed that the Democratic ticket, if elected, would delay the coronavirus vaccine and prolong the pandemic, and that they would enact socialist healthcare plans that would adversely impact the countrys elderly population.
The lengthy speech felt like a rally address at times, as Trump complained about the Russia investigation and mentioned Crooked Hillary a remark that invited chants of lock her up from the crowd. Trump also offered commentary on the dueling town halls that he and Biden participated in the evening prior.
Trumps speech in Fort Myers, which was paired with a campaign rally in Ocala later Friday, came on the heels of Bidens own stop in the Sunshine State earlier this week during which he also delivered remarks targeting older Americans.
Trumps remarks on Friday served as a rebuttal of sorts to Bidens scathing rebuke of the incumbent presidents handling of the pandemic. Biden accused Trump of treating Americas seniors as if they are expendable and ripped his response to the pandemic.
While you’re losing precious time with your loved ones, he’s been stuck in a sand trap at one of his golf courses, and when he does decide to lift a finger it isn’t to help you, Biden told a socially distanced gathering in Florida on Tuesday. 
While he throws superspreader parties at the White House, while Republicans hug each other, without concern of the consequences, how many of you have been unable to hug your grandkids the last seven months?” he continued.
A recent CNN poll found that Biden has a 21-point lead over Trump among voters above the age of 65. Polls have indicated that Trumps support has slipped in particular among senior voters in Florida, a battleground state that is viewed as crucial to his reelection.
Trump won voters over 65 by a seven-point margin during the 2016 election, according to CNN exit polls.
Seniors have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which is more likely to result in severe symptoms or death among older individuals that contract it.
Earlier this week, the Trump camp launched an eight-figure advertisement campaign aimed at shoring up his support among Americas seniors nationwide.