ANDREW Cuomo says it’s “bad news” the Pfizer vaccine is coming out during the Trump administration and threatened to slow-roll the remedy.
The New York governor says the President’s vaccination plan is “flawed” claiming his team has learned “nothing from the past.”
Andrew Cuomo says the Covid vaccine being rolled out during the final weeks of Trump’s presidency is ‘bad news’Credit: GMA
This comes after drug giant Pfizer announced it has developed a remedy which is 90 per cent effective in treating Covid-19.
Yet, moments after saying the experimental vaccine “looks goods” and insisting it will be “available shortly”, Cuomo used the opportunity to once again bash the president.
He told Good Morning America: “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.”
The governor claims Trump’s vaccine roll out will miss out vulnerable communities.
He said: “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.”
He claims the plan will use a “private mechanism” to roll out the drug, including hospitals and drug stores, which will miss out poorer areas.
Commununities in “healthcare deserts” without private facilities nearby will be hardest-hit, the Governor claims.
Cuomo threatened to slow-roll the vaccine out in New York City insisting he does not trust the president and that the process has been “politicised.”
In response, Trump called Cuomo a “lowlife” saying the remedy had been developed in the “finest labs in the world.”
The pair have repeatedly clashed during the pandemic.
In September, Cuomo claimed the New York property tycoon would need “an army” to protest him if he walked down the streets of Manhattan.
Trump called the New York governor a ‘low life’ following his commentsCredit: Reuters
Meanwhile, Trump and Joe Biden hailed news that a “free” coronavirus vaccine could be just weeks away – in what experts have called a “great day for humanity.”
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says interim findings from its large-scale clinical trial show it had 90 percent efficacy, which was better than expected.
The news came just hours after the US crossed the threshold of 10 million cases.
Drugmakers are now expected to seek emergency use authorization later this month in a major victory in the fight against Covid-19.
Trump tweeted this morning: “STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SUCH GREAT NEWS!”
President-elect Joe Biden said his public health advisers were informed of the Pfizer news last night.
“I congratulate the brilliant women and men who helped produce this breakthrough and to give us such cause for hope,” Biden said in a statement.
Pfizer is close to rolling out a vaccine for the coronavirus which has infected millions of AmericansCredit: AFP – Getty
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