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Andrew Cuomo calls on governors to reject Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), on Monday, said he is calling on other governors to reject a coronavirus vaccine drug company Pfizer is readying for distribution.

“Well, it’s good news, bad news,” Cuomo told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “The good news is the Pfizer tests look good and we’ll have a vaccine shortly. The bad news is it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over, and that means (the Trump) administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan.”

Pfizer announced Monday that its vaccine is more than 90-percent effective and has 50 million doses ready for distribution by the end of the year. More than a billion doses would be administered in 2021.

But, like several other Democrats, Cuomo has suggested that anything fast-tracked by President Donald Trump will either not be safe or widely available.

“And the Trump administration is rolling out the vaccination plan and I believe it’s flawed,” Cuomo said. “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, son of late former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, said if Trump’s distribution plan is allowed to move forward, it would mark trouble for Joe Biden when he takes office Jan. 20, 2021.

“You have two months, and we can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it because Biden can’t undo it two months later, we’ll be in the midst of it,” Cuomo said. “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.”

Biden was informed of the vaccine Sunday night and praised Pfizer for the rollout.

“I congratulate the brilliant women and men who helped produce this breakthrough and to give us such cause for hope,” Biden said.

Biden, named president-elect when the race against Trump was called Saturday, said that even with the announcement of a vaccine, Americans should expect to wear masks well into next year.  He added that his COVID-19 mitigation plan includes a “safe” vaccine.