Video Cuomo's coronavirus vaccine doubt 'di...heartening: Dr. Ahmed
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
's statements casting doubt on a potential coronavirus
vaccine because he doesn't trust President Trump
is "disheartening," a doctor who has treated critically ill COVID-19 patients in New York City said Saturday.coronavirus
Trump, speaking in the Rose Garden Friday, said the government will delay delivery of the vaccine to New York until the Democratic governor commits to distributing it "immediately."
Cuomo responded by calling Trump a "bully" and expressing confidence in a vaccine rollout managed by the incoming Biden administration.TRUMP CALLS OUT CUOMO ON STUNTING VACCINE DISTRIBUTION DURING ROSE GARDEN SPEECHTRUMP CALLS OUT CUOMO ON STUNTING VACCINE DISTRIBUTION DURING ROSE GARDEN SPEECH
"To hear this kind of politicking is very disheartening, but it's also a smear on Gov. Cuomo's own record," Dr. Qanta Ahmed, a pulmonologist, said on "Fox & Friends Weekend
."Fox & Friends Weekend Video
"He did extraordinary things at the height of the crisis, collaborating with the federal government and President Trump. ... He also had a very good idea doing geographical synchrony between Connecticut, New Jersey and New York," she said. "But right now we have 1,700 New Yorkers in hospitals. We lost 24 New Yorkers that died on Thursday. We have a rising prevalence rate."CUOMO SAYS IT'S 'BAD NEWS' THAT PFIZER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE PROGRESS CAME DURING TRUMP ADMINISTRATIONCUOMO SAYS IT'S 'BAD NEWS' THAT PFIZER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE PROGRESS CAME DURING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
"This is not what we want to see and Gov. Cuomo did bring this upon himself by suggesting that he would formulate his own advisory panel if the FDA approved or provided emergency use authorization to any vaccine product," Ahmed said.
As Pfizer and other companies are in final stages of getting coronavirus vaccines approved, Cuomo skipped White House briefings on distribution of the vaccines, the New York Post reports.
"I want this to be quickly rectified," Ahmed said of Cuomo's reluctance to use vaccines approved under Trump.
"I want New Yorkers to have access to the vaccine as quickly as the rest of the United States, and it seems that the government of the United States is doing that and President Trump is making that possible," she said.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
The New York Attorney General's Office released a statement saying they are prepared to sue the Trump administration should New York not receive the vaccination once it is released.
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