I hope you've calmed down some since reading the headline. Yes, he really said that. And yes, he has some nerve. For months New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has questioned the Trump Administration's Operation Warp Speed, which has done unprecedented work to help spearhead the development of a coronavirus vaccine. At one point, he even threatened to block the distribution of it, arguing that he'd first want his own team of health advisors to approve it before distributing it to New Yorkers.
And yet at this Wednesday presser Gov. Cuomo blamed all the "cynicism" around the COVID vaccine on the federal government.
.@NYGovCuomo: "The vaccination program is the end game here."— Bernadette Hogan (@bern_hogan) December 2, 2020
He says best case scenario, a good portion of the population will have access to the vax by June.
"You have a high skepticism rate," he adds. Explains the federal gov't "created the cynicism."
The Trump administration, Cuomo argued, has imposed "overt political influence" on public health officials.
Please. If there's any skepticism about the COVID vaccine candidates, the Democrats can take the blame. In addition to Cuomo questioning the vaccine's safety and demanding his own handpicked team assesses it, then-vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris looked the moderator straight in the eye at the 2020 VP debate and said she would not take the vaccine if President Trump told her to. Not exactly inspiring confidence in the scientists and researchers who have worked tirelessly on it for months.
Cuomo announced on Wednesday that New York is set to receive 170,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by December 15.
New York’s first delivery of the Pfizer vaccine will be enough for 170,000 New Yorkers.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 2, 2020
We expect, if all safety & efficacy approvals are granted, to receive these doses on December 15.