In a Rose Garden address Friday, President Trump announced that a coronavirus vaccine will be readily available to the public as soon as April, but then took aim at Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he condemned the Trump administration’s vaccine roleout plan as “flawed” and suggested he would try to stop it earlier this week.
“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 told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview with “Good Morning America” Monday.
“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.”
Cuomo’s remarks clearly resonated with Trump who accused Cuomo of stunting distribution of the vaccination to his state for “political reasons.”
“As soon as April the vaccine will be available to the entire general population with the exception of places like New York state,” Trump said Friday afternoon. “Where for political reasons the governor decided to say…he wants to take his time with the vaccine. He doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from.”
Trump went on to say that the vaccine is being developed by some of the best “labs in the world, but he doesn’t trust the fact that it is this White House, this administration.”
“Gov. Cuomo will have to let us know when he’s ready for it, otherwise we can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately,” he added.