New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo continued his partisan crusade to discredit President Trump’s pandemic strategy. His latest complaint… The president and drug makers are moving too fast to deliver new life-saving vaccines to the American people.
The Democrat governor commented in a Tuesday radio interview that “money and ego,” rather than safety and efficacy are the drivers behind the quick progress.
When Hot97’s Ebro Darden alleged “nurses are saying this has been rushed,” and that they don’t trust the vaccine, Cuomo remarked: “Why is it moving so fast? Two reasons: money and ego.”
“The first drug company that has the vaccine, that is big money,” he said. “Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, they all know this is billions of dollars, whoever gets to the market first. So it’s in their economic interest to push this fast.”
Despite the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed goal to “produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines” to the American public with the aim to distribute initial doses by January 2021, Cuomo stated that Trump “had nothing to do with it.”
“You didn’t need Trump to tell the vaccine companies you should develop a vaccine,” he said, citing the President’s ego for the rapid pace. “On the way out the door he wants to be able to say, I solved Covid because I discovered a vaccine.”
The governor also asserted that Trump will push the FDA to give the vaccines emergency authorization for use, “nobody is going to trust him saying it’s a safe vaccine.”
Which, Cuomo says, is why he’s setting up a review panel to examine the drug before he will allow distribution to begin in New York. “Then I can say to New Yorkers, it’s safe, you don’t have to trust Trump, because we don’t, but we had our own panel, they say it’s safe and now we’re going to administer it because it’s safe.”
Even though Operation Warp Speed’s pledge to give the American people “vaccine or therapeutic doses purchased with US taxpayer dollars” at no cost and partnerships with 60% of the nation’s pharmacies to increase access to underserved areas, Cuomo claims Black and Brown communities will be excluded under the program.
“Trump’s way is [to] give the private sector companies the drugs, they’ll distribute it,” he remarked. “Yeah, that takes care of the rich and the white communities, leaves out the poorer and the Black and the Brown community.”
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