Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump said Friday afternoon that New York would not be receiving a coronavirus vaccine when it’s available, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent criticism of the Trump administration’s virus handling.
“(Cuomo) will have to let us know when he’s ready for it because otherwise, we can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately,” Trump said during a press conference from the White House Rose garden, according to CNBC.
“He doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from,” Trump added, according to the news outlet. “These are coming from the greatest companies anywhere in the world, greatest labs in the world, but he doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration, so we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization to do so and that pains me to say that.”
Cuomo said late last month that he thinks the American people don’t trust the vaccine because they don’t trust the federal government.
“I believe the American people are skeptical about the vaccine,” he said today during a conference call with reporters. “Why? Because I think they’re skeptical about the professionalism of this federal government’s health response.”
He also said in late September that the New York would form an independent task to review data from every COVID-19 vaccine approve by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and would independently review the vaccines.
On Twitter, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said Trump’s pandemic response should not give Americans faith in the vaccine and that Cuomo is “fighting to ensure” the communities that were hit hardest by the virus receive the vaccine.
Cuomo also immediately went on MSNBC to respond to Trump’s statement.
“None of what he said is true, surprise, surprise,” Cuomo said, according to news reports.
Earlier this week, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced preliminary results of a vaccine student that showed it was 90% effective in preventing COVID-19.
Authorities have stressed it’s unlikely any vaccine will arrive much before the end of the year, and limited initial supplies will be rationed.