- President Trump threatened to withhold a coronavirus vaccine from New York state on Friday, in his first public remarks in more than a week.
- At the press conference, Trump claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public as soon as possible in April “except in places like New York State,” accusing Andrew Cuomo of practicing politics.
- Cuomo responded in an interview with CNN on Friday, describing Trump as “incompetent” and adding “none of this is true.”
- In September, the governor said the state would establish an independent review committee for the vaccine in an effort to “build confidence in the people.”
- “We are ready to distribute it,” Cuomo assured New Yorkers that they would get the vaccine, and he told CNN on Friday.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Trump reignited the row after the president threatened to withhold the COVID-19 vaccine from the state in his first public remarks in more than a week.
He speaks at the White House Rose Garden on Friday, Trump was promoting the effectiveness of Operation Warp Speed - his administration’s coronavirus vaccine program – when he chose Cuomo and targeted his home state.
“Once April, the vaccine will be available to all residents, except for places like New York State, where the governor decided for political reasons to say so – and I don’t think it’s good politically, I think it’s bad from a health standpoint – but he wants to take his time getting vaccinated.” Trump said, According to NBC.
Trump was referring to comments Cuomo made in September when he said New York would set up a panel of experts to review COVID-19 vaccines that the federal government has independently approved in order to “build trust in people.” According to the New York Times.
Other states, including California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, have said that they will establish similar review committees.
Trump went on to say of Cuomo: “He doesn’t trust where the vaccines are coming from.” “[He] We will have to let us know when it is ready for it, otherwise we will not be able to hand it over to a country that will not give it to its people immediately. And I know a lot, I know people in New York well, I know they want it. So the governor will inform us when he is ready. “
Como, R.At CNN on Friday That “everything Trump said” is not true. “
“We are ready to distribute it,” he said. According to Politico. “The only problem would be if a scientific committee from my state or one of the other states reviews the FDA approval process and says something is wrong.
“As you know, the federal government on the Coronavirus lacked details, and frankly it was incompetent in administration,” Cuomo added.
According to a Pew Research SurveyNearly 50% of Americans said they were concerned about the effectiveness of the rapid COVID-19 vaccine under the Trump administration.
The comments come as more than 10.7 million Americans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 244,000 have died from it. According to a track from Johns Hopkins University.
Cuomo and other governors have publicly clashed with the Trump administration over how to handle the growing coronavirus cases in individual states.
The country is currently witnessing a second increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations. Some states are re-taking new measures to prevent further spread of the virus as the winter months approach.
New Mexico State Michelle Logan Grisham said Friday that The country will re-impose a statewide lockdown next week. The first country to do so.