- The Washington Times
Monday, October 19, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that Americans should be “very skeptical” about taking a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Trump administration.

During an appearance on ABC News, Mr. Cuomo was asked by George Stephanopoulos how confident he is in the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine approval process.

“I’m not that confident, but my opinion doesn’t matter,” the governor said. “I don’t believe the American people are that confident. You’re going to say to the American people now, here’s a vaccine, it was new, it was done quickly, but trust this federal administration and their health administration that it’s safe? And we’re not 100% sure of the consequences?

“I think it’s going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine and they should be,” he added.

Mr. Cuomo then suggested that the public’s trust in a vaccine will only come if Mr. Trump is defeated by Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“I believe all across the country, you’re going to need someone other than this FDA and this CDC saying it’s safe,” he said. “I personally hope for a change in the White House, but put that aside. If this administration continued, the CDC and the FDA doesn’t have any credibility.”

The governor has repeatedly threatened to cut Trump administration officials out of the process of distributing a potential vaccine in his state, announcing last month his own Vaccine Distribution and Implementation Task Force.

“What I said I’m going to do in New York is we’re going to put together our own group of doctors and medical experts to review the vaccine and the efficacy and the protocol and if they say it’s safe then I’ll go to the people of New York and I will say it’s safe with that credibility,” Mr. Cuomo said Monday.

Mr. Cuomo is making the media rounds to promote his new book, titled, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” about his handling of the pandemic in New York.

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