Andrew Cuomo Says He'll Attempt to Stop Distribution of Pfizer COVID Vaccine Because It's Trump's Plan

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By now you’ve heard the exciting news that Pfizer has almost finished developing a COVID-19 vaccine and it will be set for distribution very soon. The Trump administration will have the task of implementing a plan to get the vaccine to any and all who need it all across the United States.

However, it would appear that the Trump administration is going to have hurdles and, surprising no one, these hurdles come in the form of blue-state leaders like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In fact, Cuomo has just openly confessed to standing in the way of the vaccine’s distribution because he doesn’t want it being handed out to people by a Trump administration.

Cuomo’s excuse is that any plan that Trump comes up with won’t be very good and so it’s best to wait to distribute the vaccine in two months when the Biden/Harris administration takes over. Why does he not think it’s very good?

Cuomo doesn’t really have a good reason. The New York governor that killed New Yorkers in waves due to his abysmal mishandling of the elderly in infected nursing homes knows that the vaccine will likely be distributed through private businesses like CVS and Wallgreens. According to Cuomo, this is bad because not everyone has access to places like that.

Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC, Cuomo complained that private providers are going to leave out communities:

“Well, it’s good news/bad news. The good news is the Pfizer tests look good and we’ll have a vaccine shortly. The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over and that means this administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan. The vaccine plan is very important and it’s probably the most ambitious undertaking since Covid began.

Just to put it in focus, we did 10 million Covid tests in this nation over seven months scrambling doing everything we can. We now have to do 330 million vaccinations, maybe twice, my state does more testing than any state in the United States. We did 12 million tests. We have to do 20 million vaccines. And the Trump Administration is rolling out the vaccination plan and I believe it’s flawed. I believe it learns nothing from the past. They’re basically going to have the private providers do it and that’s going to leave out all sorts of communities that were left out the first time when Covid ravaged them.”

Cuomo went on to say that Trump denied the virus and as such his plan will look horrible because he’ll still have that spirit of denial in his plan. Cuomo complained that he won’t mobilize the government to help and so the rollout will be slow. The Biden administration, he says, won’t have such a problem and will distribute the vaccine with speed, efficiency, sunshine, and rainbows.

“Yeah, the Biden administration, when you deny — when you deny a problem the way Trump did, you can never solve it and that’s true in life. The Trump Administration denied Covid. So they were never ready for it. There was no mobilization of the government. And they’re still doing the same thing. They’re going to take this vaccine and they’re going to go through the private mechanism. Through hospitals, through drug market chains, et cetera. That’s going to be slow and that’s going to bypass the communities that we call health care deserts.

If you don’t have a rite aid or a CVS then you’re in trouble and that’s what happened the first time with Covid. Why do we have such a disparity in the infection rate and mortality rate in Covid? Because some communities don’t have the same access to health care. I’m sure the Biden administration is going to address that.

I think his first step saying let’s focus on the science, let’s depoliticize testing data, listen to the scientists is the exact opposite of Trump but you have two months and we can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way that Trump and his administration is designing it because Biden can’t undo it two months later. We’ll be in the midst of it and I’m going — I’ve been talking to governors across the nation about that. How can we shape the Trump Administration vaccine plan to fix it or stop it before it does damage.”

Firstly, Trump never denied the virus. In fact, Trump was closing off access to America while the left was calling him xenophobic and encouraging New Yorkers, in particular, to gather together and hang out. Cuomo’s blatant lie survives because people like the man interviewing him are only too happy to not push back and let it thrive.

Secondly, the private sector has proven to be far more efficient and speedier than the government could ever hope to be as has been proven multiple times throughout America’s history. UPS and FedEx constantly embarrass the USPS as just one example. A business has an incentive to perform better than everyone else in order to make enough money to be profitable, thus driving the need to get their product to as many people as humanly possible and as quickly as possible. The government does not have this motivation.

In the private sector, you may find yourself fired for failing to do a job well. In government, you’ll not only keep your job, you may find yourself getting a raise. Moreover, a business can decide on a course of action and begin implementing it in the span of 30 minutes. A government requires a debate, wheeling, dealing, voting, and then implementation which could take months IF it’s approved.

But let’s cut to the chase. The real reason Cuomo doesn’t want to let Trump implement a plan is that he doesn’t want Trump and the Republicans to receive any credit for the development or the rollout. He wants Democrats to get those accolades, including himself. He wants to be seen as a hero for helping arrange the government-led rollout of a vaccine in New York City, one of the most infected places in America, thank in part to his blunders.

This is pure slime. If there’s a vaccine it should be distributed post-haste, but Cumo is willing to withhold it in the name of playing politics.