NEW YORK (VINnews) — While many in the U.S. are celebrating the news released by drug company pfizer on Monday, that initial results from human trials are proving effective, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is singing a different tune.
Cuomo appeared on “Good Morning America” on Monday morning, where he made his comments. The governor acknowledged that the vaccine trial results are “looking good” and that the vaccine may very well be “available shortly.” However he blasted President Trump’s vaccine plan, calling it “flawed” and even said: “We can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way that Trump and his administration is designing it.”
Cuomo called the breakthroigh “bad news” and said the vaccine rollout plan needed to be stopped until Joe Biden takes over, otherwise it will cause “damage.”
“The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over, and this means [the Trump] administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan,” Cuomo said.
That plan, he said, is “flawed.”
“I believe it learns nothing from the past,” Cuomo claimed. “They’re basically going to have the private providers do it, and that’s going to leave out all sorts of communities that were left out the first time when COVID ravaged them.”
!@NYGovCuomo says it’s “bad news” Pfizer’s Covid vaccine came during the Trump Admin; says he’s going to work w/ other governors to “stop” distribution “before it does damage" pic.twitter.com/ULembNWokW
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 9, 2020
This isn’t the first the governor made such comments. Back in September Cuomo said he would slow down the release of the vaccine, due to his distrust of President Trump, claiming he was “politicizing” the issue.
Trump hit back on Cuomo, calling him a “lowlife,” and said the vaccine had been developed by the “finest labs in the world.”
Cuomo says that his issue with the Trump administration’s vaccine distribution plan, is that it will be sent out via the “private mechanism,” which includes hospitals and drugstore chains.
Cuomo alleges that communities in “health care deserts” who lack any of these facilities nearby will not be well serviced.
“You have two months, and you can’t let this vaccination go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it — because Biden can’t undo it two months later,” he said.
“We’ll be in the midst of it. And I’ve been talking to governors across the nation about that. How can we shape the Trump administration vaccine plan to fix it or stop it before it does damage.”
The Trump administration is on track to purchase $2 billion worth of vaccines from Pfizer when they are ready, as part of their plan to fast-track delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine.