Governor Andrew Cuomo has come under fire for his recent comments regarding the distribution of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking to Good Morning America, Cuomo stated he would possibly withhold the vaccination from New York state until his own “task force” of doctors and medical experts say it is safe, further stating that he does not trust the FDA or CDC.
When Cuomo was asked how confident he was in the approval process of the FDA, he responded:
“I'm not that confident but my opinion doesn't matter. I don’t believe the American people are that confident,” he said. “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? And we’re not 100% sure of the consequences. I think it's going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine, and they should be.”
Cuomo was then further asked by host George Stephanopoulos, “So what's it going to take to convince you that it's safe and effective and that it should be distributed?”
"What I said I'm going to do in New York is we're going to put together our own group of doctors and medical experts to review the vaccine and the efficacy and the protocol, and if they say it's safe, then I'll go to the people of New York and I will say it's safe with that credibility," he responded. "But I believe, all across the country, you are going to need someone other than this FDA and this CDC saying it's safe."
President Donald Trump has repeatedly been at odds with Cuomo for his handling of the coronavirus, criticising Cuomo’s decision to send COVID-19 patients to nursing homes that endangered the lives of thousands of elderly people. Cuomo on the hand disagrees with Trump's assessment on his handling of the coronavirus, and is touting a book, titled “Lessons in Leadership” in which he proudly highlights his decisions as a crisis manager.