OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
So, there is great news today with Pfizer’s announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine that may be up to 90% effective. If true, it is a game changer. Presumably, life can get back to normal.
But do politicians drunk on power want that? New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, famous for killing thousands of elderly New Yorkers with his policy of sending Covid-infected patients back into nursing homes early in the pandemic, certainly does not.
Cuomo blasted Trump’s vaccine plan Monday morning as “flawed” and went so far as to declare: “We can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way that Trump and his administration is designing it.”
The Democratic governor — who has a bitter relationship with Trump — made the comments on “Good Morning America” Monday, moments after he acknowledged that tests on Pfizer’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine “look good” and he believes a vaccine will be “available shortly.”
Calling the promising breakthrough “bad news,” Cuomo said the vaccine rollout plan needed to be stopped until his old friend, President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January, otherwise it will cause “damage.”
“The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over, and this means [the Trump] administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan,” Cuomo said.
That plan, he said, is “flawed.”
“I believe it learns nothing from the past,” Cuomo charged. “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.
The governor threatened to slow-roll the desperately-needed vaccine in the hard-hit Empire State in September, citing his distrust of the president and claiming the process was “politicized.”
We can’t have private providers roll out the vaccine according to Cuomo! We need government bureaucrats. In Governor Cuomo’s world, only government can do things well, even though it was PRIVATE INDUSTRY that just developed the vaccine at warp speed!
The only person playing politics with the vaccine is Governor Cuomo. It is a shameful and brazen ploy to score political points for Joe Biden.