Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday fired the latest salvo in his and President Trump’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccine war — threatening to sue the Republican administration if it moves ahead with its immunization distribution plan.
The governor has blasted Trump’s distribution plan as discriminatory and said he is enlisting his own panel of experts to review any vaccine approved by the government, prompting the president to threaten to move New York to the back of the line of states getting the immunization.
“I tell you today, if the Trump administration does not change this plan and does not provide an equitable vaccine process … we will bring legal action to protect New Yorkers,’’ the governor said from the pulpit during a service at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights in Manhattan.
“I’m not going to allow New Yorkers to be bullied or abused,’’ the governor said.
President Trump said Friday he could put New York on the back burner for getting the vaccine, once it’s approved, after Cuomo said he will have his own panel of experts independently “review” any immunization the feds OK amid concerns about the government oversight process. Trump also was angry over Cuomo calling his distribution plan “flawed” because of alleged racial inequities.
“We cannot waste time and can only give to those states that will use the Vaccine immediately,” Trump tweeted. Hours after Trump tweeted, Cuomo claimed to MSNBC, “As soon as Trump delivers me a dose, I will be ready to administer it.”
Cuomo has argued that the feds’ current vaccine distribution plan discriminates against minority and poor communities that have already been disproportionately battered by the deadly pandemic.
Sources: NY Post; Image: TheHill