CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) — Congressman Tom Reed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are not seeing eye to eye when it comes to getting a vaccine for New York.
Congressman Reed weighed in on Cuomo’s apparent decision to decline a vaccine for residents of the state as soon as it’s readily available.
We are appalled by Governor Cuomo’s continued insistence on undermining a COVID-19 vaccine, the integrity of the FDA, and the hundreds of incredible scientists who have dedicated their lives to serving the American people.
Numerous public health experts have noted the Governor’s efforts are not only wrong and unethical, [but] they are [also] fundamentally dangerous, and they put people’s lives in jeopardy.Tom Reed
New York 23rd District Congressman
Cuomo said in a Saturday press conference that the main thing we need to do is “develop confidence in people to take the vaccine.” New York, among other states, set up independent panels of experts who can review the FDA’s approval and build confidence.
Cuomo emphasized that these independent panels would not mean that it will take longer for a vaccine to be distributed.
The panels won’t be doing any tests on the vaccine. They will only review what the FDA approved.
According to Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Cuomo, Pfizer didn’t accept any federal money to develop the vaccine. They weren’t part of the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed.