“It’s good news, bad news, George. The good news is that the Pfizer tests look good and we’ll have a vaccine shortly. The bad news is that it’s about 2 months before Joe Biden takes over and that means this (Trump’s) administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan. The vaccine plan is very important. It’s probably the most ambitious undertaking since COVID began,” said New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo during a Monday interview on Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos.
Cuomo noted his opinion on the Trump Administration’s ability to deliver a vaccine to New Yorkers, stating, “My state does more testing than any state in the United States. We did 12 million tests. We have to do 20 million vaccines. The Trump administration is rolling out the vaccination plan and I believe it’s flawed.”
Furthermore, Cuomo ridiculed Trump’s initial distribution of COVID testing kits, believing the distribution of a vaccine would be similar, adding, “They’re going to take this vaccine, and they’re going to go through the private mechanisms: Through hospitals, through drug market chains, et cetera. That’s going to be slow, and that’s going to bypass the communities that we call health care deserts.” Cuomo did not provide an alternative to the current distribution model, only his critique.
“Listen to the science is the exact opposite of Trump, but you have two months, and we can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it. Biden can’t undo it two months later. We’ll be in the midst of it,” Cuomo said near the end of the news show’s broadcast.
Governor Cuomo’s call to wait for a Biden administration’s vaccine distribution plan comes as states around the country, including New York, experience what many scientists refer to as a second wave of COVID-19.
The Governor also made time to point out New York State has the third lowest current COVID-19 infection rate in the country. He did not mention that New York has the second highest number of deaths per 100,000 people, lower only than New Jersey.