Washington — President Trump celebrated the latest breakthrough in a successful coronavirus vaccine on Friday — but he said that the people of New York will not receive the vaccine until Governor Andrew Cuomo is out of trouble.
In a speech at the Rose Garden on Friday, the commander-in-chief stated that they will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States as soon as possible in April, but will not send it to the hardest-hit imperial state because Cuomo does not trust it.
“By April, the vaccine will be available to all ordinary people, except for what the governor of New York State decides for political reasons to say-I think it’s not good politically, I think it’s not good from a health perspective -But he wants to take some time to get vaccinated,”
Cuomo has repeatedly made disparaging remarks about the vaccine, claiming that it has been “politicized” under Trump’s leadership, and that he will need to conduct a second “review” of his government on the grounds that he does not trust the president.
In an interview on Monday, the governor claimed that Trump’s vaccine launch was “flawless” and even declared: “We cannot allow this vaccination program to move forward as Trump and his administration designed it.”
Trump shot on Friday and said: “He doesn’t believe in the source of the vaccine.” “These people come from the greatest companies around the world, the greatest laboratories in the world, but he doesn’t believe this is the White House, this government.”
“So, unless authorized, we will not deliver it to New York. It pains me. This is a very successful and amazing vaccine, accounting for more than 90%. Therefore, Governor Cuomo must inform us when he is ready .” Trump said.
“We can’t deliver it to a state that will not deliver it to its people immediately. I know the people of New York very well and I know they want it. The governor will notify us when he is ready.” He continued, attacking Cuomo for handling Fatal nursing home crisis.
The New York Department of Health reported that a total of 6,720 people died of severe respiratory bugs in nursing homes and adult care facilities. However, the true scope of the tragedy in nursing homes in New York is expected to be even higher. Cuomo angrily denied the accusation that the state regulations on March 25 prohibit nursing homes from refusing to carry coronavirus-positive patients, which contributed significantly to the 33,000 COVID-19 deaths in New York.
Trump said: “I hope he will not be as bad as dealing with a nursing home, but once they let us know that they will actually use it, we are ready to provide it.”
On Wednesday, The Post revealed that Cuomo had jumped out of 17 vaccine meetings aimed at governors only, and refused to have one-on-one meetings with the Minister of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar.
“Operation Warp Speed has always had one goal: to save lives,” Azar said in a report from the Rose Garden on Friday.
“This process is completely driven by science and data. Therefore, some people (such as the Governor of New York) have actually injected politics into the process and hinted at the potential delay in obtaining FDA-approved vaccines. This is Regrettably, this is simply unreasonable.”
After the briefing, Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi responded in a tweet, accusing Trump of unsuccessful response to the virus. The virus has so far killed 243,000 Americans and infected 10.7 million others.
He wrote: “@NYGovCuomo is working hard to ensure that the communities hardest hit by COVID have access to vaccines.” “The Federal Reserve provides 0 resources.”
Trump praised all those involved in the Operation Warp Speed between his government and a public-private partnership to facilitate the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Trump said in his first address to the United States since he asked Joe Biden to campaign on Saturday: “On such a scope and scale, medical science has never achieved such a rapid, rapid breakthrough. We I am very proud of this.”
On Monday, the biotechnology company Pfizer announced that its vaccine has an effective rate of more than 90%, which is a major progress in the global fight against the disease.
Trump said: “This far exceeds everyone’s expectations.” He called the vaccine “free” for the American people.
I hope this will be approved soon. He added that this therapy will be carried out by Army General Gus Perna, who is in charge of the “quick action” operation, said on Sunday that the federal government will begin distributing the coronavirus vaccine within 24 hours once it is approved.
Trump said that the therapy will first be distributed to front-line workers, the elderly and high-risk Americans, and announced that the other three vaccine candidates are in the final stages of trials.
The Rose Garden speech was also the first time Trump spoke on camera within a week after his casual speech in the White House briefing room. In his speech, he claimed that his opponent was trying to “steal” his election.
On Wednesday’s Veterans’ Day, he and first lady Melania laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, but did not speak.
Lawyers for the presidential reelection campaign have filed lawsuits in multiple states where they are challenging the vote count and insisting that Trump will win.
As of Friday afternoon, Biden led Trump with 306-232 at the Election Academy. Previously, multiple networks predicted that he would win Georgia. This was the first Democratic president to do so since Bill Clinton in 1992.
Biden said in a statement a few minutes before Trump’s speech that the federal government “severely lacks” a strong immediate response as the United States has experienced a record number of new infections every day.
Biden said: “Today, I once again call on every American, no matter where they live or who they vote for, to step up their efforts, keep their distance from society, wash their hands and wear masks to protect themselves and others.”
The United States recorded more than 150,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest number since the virus first appeared nine months ago.