Andrew Cuomo’s arrogance looks primed to kill even more New Yorkers
Gov. Andrew Cuomo insists Team Trump’s COVID-19 vaccine plan is so “flawed” that he won’t it let “go forward” in New York. Yet he clearly made that decision months ago — on the basis of politics, not science.
After all, he opted out of a full 17 White House briefings for governors as the plan was being developed and snubbed Health Secretary Alex Azar’s offer of a one-on-one.
Was he just too busy? Hmm: He found the time for all those softball interviews with his brother — and to write his new book, “American Crisis” — instead of deigning to talk with people he might disagree with.
Cuomo, you see, is tight with Joe Biden and contemptuous of all things Trump. He plainly figured that was reason enough to ignore what the scientists and other experts working for the president of the United States had to say — no matter what might be best for the people of New York.
He knows best about everything. Never mind how many thousands of seniors died because of his demented order that nursing homes accept COVID-positive patients.
Cuomo’s staff told The Post that the governor was frustrated that there were “many unknowns” about how the vaccine would be distributed in the state, particularly to poor communities of color. But he refused the invite to a one-on-one with Azar, instead demanding written answers to his questions.
“Between the White House conference call and a circus,” Cuomo himself explains, “I think a circus would teach me more about COVID. I was on the last call. It’s a joke.”
Maybe if he were little more willing to listen to outsiders, and a little less eager to brag about his own “leadership,” New York wouldn’t be in such a mess right now — with still no clear path to recovery.
Yet Cuomo’s threatening to prolong the pain, by slow-rolling any vaccine distribution until Biden takes over. That may add two months of suffering for New York, just to maybe make Joe look good. And Cuomo dares to complain that the Trump administration “politicized” the vaccine?
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