Bad news? Cuomo says Pfizer’s vaccine breakthrough came too soon since Trump is still in charge
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pro-COVID vaccine, but given that politics is his top priority, he apparently doesn’t want President Trump getting credit for implementing a quick rollout. “We can’t let this vaccination plan to go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it,” the partisan Democrat lamented, adding that the Trump plan should be “fixed or stopped.”
It almost sounds like Cuomo was for a vaccine before he was against it.
Cuomo claims without evidence that some communities will be left out of the distribution plan. The Pfizer pharmaceutical firm just announced that the vaccine it has under development is purportedly 90 percent effective against the infection, and inoculations could start before the end of the year.
Cuomo, the big brother of CNN mask-shamer Chris Cuomo, went on ABC’s Good Morning America where he used the platform to bash the Trump administration, which he had previously lavishly praised, for its coronavirus response.
President Trump presided over an extraordinary public-private mobilization that sent massive resources to New York and elsewhere that seems to be culminating in a rapidly developed vaccine.
STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SUCH GREAT NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020
Reacting to the breaking Pfizer news upon being asked by ABC anchor and former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos, Cuomo had this to say.
“Well, it’s good news/bad news, George. The good news is the Pfizer tests look good, and we’ll have a vaccine shortly. The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over, and that means this administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan. The vaccine plan is very important, and it’s probably the most ambitious undertaking since COVID began…
“And the Trump administration is rolling out the vaccination plan, and I believe it’s flawed. I believe it learns nothing from the past. 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.
"We can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it because Biden can’t undo it two months later." pic.twitter.com/EqIbY8vgMS
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 9, 2020
When Stephanopoulos asked the governor what the Biden administration (if there ever is one) will do differently, Cuomo was unable to come up with a coherent answer other than the tired mantra that Trump downplayed COVID to the country’s detriment. Ironically, It was Joe Biden who opposed Trump’s order to shut down travel from overseas in the early days after the pandemic emerged.
Even Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Trump’s frenemy, has acknowledged that this decision saved lives.
Without evidence, Cuomo also inexplicably claimed that government can more efficiently distribute the vaccine than the private sector. “That’s going to bypass the communities that we call healthcare deserts,” he asserted, even though there is practically a chain pharmacy on almost every major street corner in the country.
Cuomo, a career politician with a law degree who positions himself essentially as a corona-science expert, even hawking a self-congratulatory book about the subject, stands accused of sending COVID-positive patients in nursing homes, which allegedly resulted in thousands of fatalities.
The Trump Administration has already reportedly paid $1.95 billion for 100 million doses of the vaccine; Pfizer said the first 50 million could be ready by year’s end, if the FDA grants approval. The timing of the Pfizer announcement is interesting, coming just two days after media outlets designated Joe Biden as the president-elect.
Pfizer waits until 48 hrs after Biden’s named winner to announce big COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough: ‘90% effective’ https://t.co/eyFTHIDt5W
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 9, 2020