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Cuomo calls Trump’s threat to withhold the vaccine from New York ‘hollow’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has slammed Donald Trump‘s threat to withhold a vaccine from New York as ‘hollow’ and said the American people simply don’t trust the president to announce an effective, safe cure.  

Cuomo spoke on MSNBC’s The Reid Out Monday night where host Joy Reid pointed out his ongoing war of words with the president and threat to keep future vaccines away from New York. 

‘The threat is just that. It’s a silly hollow threat. What bothers him is that I’m not going to allow New Yorkers to be bullied by him,’ Cuomo snapped back.  

Cuomo further explained that the public won’t trust whatever vaccine the Trump administration puts forth due to Trump’s conflicting information on the virus – such as his initial faith in hydroxychloroquine and hesitance to wear masks. 

‘We have an issue that the American people don’t trust it and they don’t trust it because they don’t trust him. Fifty percent of the people in this country said, the Kaiser poll, the Pew poll, the CNN poll, the NBC poll, 50 percent said they fear the President politicized the FDA’s approval process,’ he added. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has slammed Donald Trump’s threat to withhold a vaccine from New York as ‘hollow’ and said the American people simply don’t trust the president to announce an effective, safe cure during an interview on MSNBC’s The Reid Out Monday night

'The threat is just that. It's a silly hollow threat. What bothers him is that I'm not going to allow New Yorkers to be bullied by him,' Cuomo said to host Joy Reid

‘The threat is just that. It’s a silly hollow threat. What bothers him is that I’m not going to allow New Yorkers to be bullied by him,’ Cuomo said to host Joy Reid

New York as well as at least seven other states have assembled panels to review the FDA approval process of future COVID-19 vaccines.

‘That’s to instill the confidence that the President lost by his politicizing the vaccination process… He finds that offensive. It also happens to be a fact. We have to build confidence in this vaccine,’ Cuomo said. 

Reid asked Cuomo on how he intends to actually roll out the review for the future vaccine. 

He says that the seven states with panels will simultaneously review the vaccine during the FDA’s approval process.  

‘You won’t have a state panel redo tests. You’ll just have a state panel that reviews the protocol that the FDA used to make sure they actually went through the right steps,’ he said. 

‘It will be simultaneous. It won’t take any more time. You then have a roll out of the vaccine,’ he added.    

On Friday Trump said a vaccine would be available in the spring for the entire country but threatened to withhold it for New York.

‘As soon as April, the vaccine will be available to the entire general population, with the exception of places like New York state where, for political reasons, the governor decided to say, “I don’t think it’s good politically,”‘ Trump said.   

On Friday Trump said a vaccine would be available in the spring for the entire country but threatened to withhold it for New York. He said: 'As soon as April, the vaccine will be available to the entire general population, with the exception of places like New York state'

On Friday Trump said a vaccine would be available in the spring for the entire country but threatened to withhold it for New York. He said: ‘As soon as April, the vaccine will be available to the entire general population, with the exception of places like New York state’

‘He doesn’t trust where the vaccine’s coming from. These are coming from the greatest companies anywhere in the world, greatest labs in the world. He doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration. We won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization to do so. That pains me to say that,’ Trump added.

Cuomo explained that vaccine production will go on much longer than the White House projects after Trump said by April everyone will be able to get the vaccine. 

‘You’d have to get the production schedule way up to make that possible. Just to give you an idea of how hard this is going to be: We’ve done 120 million COVID tests in this nation since this started. We have to do 330 million vaccinations. That’s going to be a long, long process,’ he said. 

Cuomo added that the federal government hasn’t thought through how funding for vaccine distribution will work. 

He said the government won’t fund states to run vaccine rollouts, which the CDC estimates will cost $6billlion. 

‘The Trump administration hasn’t funded anything. The state’s already have a deficit and the social equity part of this is going to be a problem,’ Cuomo noted.

Cuomo said the White House wants to use private health care companies to distribute the vaccine at big drug store chains, hospitals and doctor’s offices – but Cuomo says that this won’t cover for poorer, minority commuities who don’t live by those kinds of healthcare spaces.

‘How about the underserved communities? How about the black and brown and the poor communities? How about the fact that blacks died at twice the rate of whites? Hispanics died at one-and-a-half times the rate of whites because they live in health care deserts and they had more underlying conditions. How do they get the vaccine without a massive effort?’ 

Cuomo said even as the Chairman of the National Governor’s Association he hasn’t heard any other governors discuss these health disparities. 

‘That’s going to be, frankly, the good news about the Biden administration coming in. They will have to tackle these issues,’ the governor said.

Hundreds of people in line for a COVID-19 test in Washington DC pictured above on Monday

Hundreds of people in line for a COVID-19 test in Washington DC pictured above on Monday

Reid said the devastating toll of the coronavirus crisis – which has infected more than 11million and killed more then 247,000 – feels like the country is suffering a traumatic 9/11-like event every day. 

Cuomo revealed it’s been difficult for him to grapple with the severity of the virus and the White House’s relaxed attitude towards it. 

‘Frankly, I’ve been living with it for eight months. I understand the indignation. I understand the pain about the way he’s handling this and the narcissism,’ he said. 

‘Frankly, he hasn’t been any help and when we say, well he’s not helping the transition – I don’t think it’s any great loss. I’ll tell you the truth: Because he never contributed much to begin with,’ he added.

Cuomo along with the other governors will join President-elect Joe Biden for a call on Thursday to talk about moving forward in tackling the pandemic.  


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