In a speech at the White House, the Rose Garden, Trump targeted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as he informs the public about the future of the coronavirus vaccine amid the pandemic.
Mr Trump accused the governor of unwillingness to accept the coronavirus vaccine produced under his administration for “political reasons” and said that the federal government would not send a jab until Cuomo “authorized” them to do so.
Trump added: “He does not trust where the vaccine comes from.” “These come from the greatest companies anywhere in the world, and the greatest laboratories in the world, but he does not trust the fact that this is the White House, this administration, so we will not hand it over to New York until we have permission to do that and it pains me to say that.”
Mr. Trump and the Democratic governor have exchanged brief words about their responses to the coronavirus pandemic since it began earlier this year.
White House Press Secretary Kylie McNani and other officials did not respond to a query whether the president had taken into account the state’s 19.4 million residents when making his decision.
Upon his appearance on MSNBC on Friday, Mr. Cuomo defended his decision to set up an independent review panel to analyze vaccine data.
He said, “It is a way to build confidence in people.” It is not the New York issue. Seven states have a review committee because most Americans say it was a politicized process. ”
Mr. Cuomo added that the independent committee will “simultaneously” review the vaccine data and “once the Trump administration gives me a dose, we will be ready to administer it,” claiming that New Yorkers will not delay receiving the vaccine if I get proper approval.
Questions about Operation Warp Speed formed ahead of the 2020 elections, as people expressed concern that vaccines would be brought up in an effort to help the president politically.
In an effort to build confidence with a coronavirus vaccine, Cuomo announced last month that New York State would independently review various strikes and data with a team of experts before offering the treatment to the public.
Speaking last month, Mr. Cuomo said, “Across the country, I think you’ll need someone other than the FDA and CDC that says it’s safe.” Good morning America.
Operation Warp Speed was an initiative created by the Trump administration to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacture, and distribution of the vaccine to the public.
During the Rose Garden speech, it was revealed that two companies are in the final stages of developing the vaccine and are expected to seek emergency permission from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming weeks. If the data continues on its positive trajectory, it could mean that vaccine deployment may begin in December.
Trump said the majority of the public could receive the vaccine by April 2021.
The news comes just days after Pfizer announced that its vaccine it had developed with German pharmaceutical company BioNTech was 90 percent effective late in the trial. The vaccine was expected to seek emergency clearance from the Food and Drug Administration within weeks.
While a vaccine may be in the near future for the United States, the coronavirus pandemic has steadily worsened in the vast majority of states. The United States has recorded 10.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 243,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.