- President Trump threatened to withhold a coronavirus vaccine from New York state on Friday in his first public remarks in over a week.
- In the press briefing, Trump claimed the COVID-19 vaccine would be made available to the general population as soon as April “with the exception of places like New York state”, accusing Andrew Cuomo of playing politics.
- Cuomo fired back during an interview with CNN on Friday, calling Trump “incompetent” and adding “none of that is true.”
- In September, the governor said that the state would implement an independent vaccine review panel in an effort to “build confidence in people.”
- Cuomo assured New Yorkers that they will have access to the vaccine, telling CNN on Friday: “We are ready to distribute it.”
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo and President Trump reignited their feud after the president criticized Cuomo, for wanting to independently review a FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine, in his first public remarks in over a week.
Speaking in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, Trump was touting the effectiveness of Operation Warp Speed — his administration’s coronavirus vaccine program — when he singled out Cuomo and took aim at his home state.
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