Cuomo, who encouraged vaccine skepticism, launches ‘public education campaign’ to boost confidence in shot
Jake Dima, DCNF
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who previously urged Americans to be skeptical of a possible coronavirus vaccination, announced Wednesday that he’s launching a “campaign” to boost confidence in immunization.
“I’m not that confident,” Cuomo told George Stephanopoulos when he was asked about a potential coronavirus injection in October before major pharmaceutical players had passed FDA approval. “But my opinion doesn’t matter, I don’t think the American people are that confident.”
“You’re going to say to the American people now ‘here’s a vaccine, it was new, it was done quickly, but trust this federal administration and their health administration that it’s safe?’ I think it’s going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine and it should be.”
The governor announced during a press conference Wednesday that he would start a “public education campaign” to promote the vaccines that may be available to Americans in the coming weeks.
“First we’re gonna have to have a real public education to battle the skepticism,” Cuomo said in a press briefing. “Just think of the math on this, you have to get to 75% to 85% of the overall population vaccinated for the vaccine to be effective — 75% to 85%.
“Fifty percent of the population says right now they don’t want to take the vaccine, they don’t trust the approval process, they’re worried about vaccines in general, but 50% are now saying they don’t want to take the vaccine…we’re gonna need a real public education to dispel the skepticism that already exists.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 9, 2020
Major pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have both submitted potential COVID-19 shots for approval that had a reported effectiveness greater than 90% in initial human trials, according to the Washington Post.