Cuomo said he wants the task force to advise state officials on the safety and effectiveness of any vaccine because Americans don’t trust how President Donald Trump’s administration has handled the pandemic.

“I think the way we have handled Covid has been a model for the country,” Cuomo said of New York’s response to the virus. “I think we should do the same thing with vaccines. We should be a model for the country.”

Cuomo added, “The state is going to take the lead on this because the federal government has shown they are incompetent on this issue.”


He doesn’t trust where the vaccines are coming from,” Trump went on to say about Cuomo. “[He] will have to let us know when he’s ready for it, otherwise we, we can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people, immediately. And I know many, I know the people in New York very well, I know they want it. So the governor will let us know when he’s ready,” he added.


Cuomo fired back, telling CNN on Friday that “none of what” Trump said “is true.”

“We are ready to distribute it,” he said, according to Politico. “The only problem could be if a scientific panel from my state or one of the other states reviewed the FDA approval process and said something was wrong.”

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