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New York's Cuomo drops Trump feud long enough to allow Covid-19 vaccine, saying it will be available in the state by mid-December

Added 12-02-20 05:37:02pm EST - “New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has apparently decided against waiting for Joe Biden to take office as president before distributing a new Covid-19 vaccine, saying the first batch of inoculations will be available by December 15.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “New York's Cuomo drops Trump feud long enough to allow Covid-19 vaccine, saying it will be available in the state by mid-December”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“The goal line is in sight,” Cuomo said on Wednesday in a press briefing. The mid-December timeline assumes that the vaccine will get all necessary federal approvals and be OK'd by a state panel of experts without delay, he said.

The vaccine was developed by drug makers Pfizer and BioNTech with assistance from the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed program. An FDA advisory committee may grant Pfizer's request for emergency use authorization on December 10, and the Trump administration has said that the military stands ready to distribute the vaccine throughout the US within 24 hours. That means the first doses could be given to first-stage recipients, such as medical workers, on December 11 or December 12.

President Donald Trump said last month that deliveries to New York could be delayed because Cuomo was blocking the vaccine for political reasons. Cuomo had said that the arrival of the vaccine under Trump was “bad news” and that “we can't let this vaccine plan go forward the way Trump is planning it.” He added that Biden, a fellow Democrat, would handle the rollout properly after he takes office on January 20.

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Cuomo made no mention of waiting for Biden on Wednesday and said New York's first batch of the vaccine will include enough doses for 170,000 people. The first shots will go to such groups as medical workers and nursing home residents. Additional deliveries of the vaccine and a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Moderna will come later in December and will arrive every seven to 10 days, he said.

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