New York — To make money for Cardi B, Governor Andrew Cuomo rushed on Sunday to talk about the state’s upcoming program to distribute the coronavirus vaccine (VAP for short).
He urged the federal government to provide a basic distribution response so that the state could begin planning its long-awaited bailout.
“We claim this is a bigger operational effort than we’ve done with COVID so far,” Kuomo said at a press conference in Manhattan. “We need the federal government to be a competent partner with this state and all states.”
With the federal government overseeing the development of the vaccine (Kuomo predicted it could come in December), he said he had not yet provided information on how to distribute the vaccine.
“Is there a national strategy for prioritization?” Cuomo said. “Is there a multilateral coordination here, or is everyone on their own? … and who is willing to pay to do this?”
“We know what we need to do,” he added. “How do you do it? The devil is in the details.”
He predicted that the state would require 40 million doses of the vaccine, and said that 20 million New Yorkers would require two doses each in three to four weeks.
Vaccines are distributed at hospitals and emergency medical centers. Asked if New Yorkers could expect New Yorkers to line up for vaccines in places like the Javits Center in Manhattan-the Army helped convert to emergency medical facilities in the spring-Cuomo said, “We Do what you have to do. “
According to Kuomo, the state has sent a draft distribution plan to the federal government, and the state’s task force will consider the vaccine before approving its use by New Yorkers.
The National Governors Association submitted detailed questions on funding, supply chain and other issues on Sunday.
Cuomo, who often played a leading role on the national stage during the pandemic, sought to raise the issue after the federal government disappointed many states early in the outbreak.
Looking back on spring, when President Trump dithered with the manufacturer of COVID testing and the distribution of personal protective equipment, Cuomo said, “We can never experience the same turmoil again.”
Since being infected with the virus earlier this month, Trump has issued a series of embarrassing statements related to vaccine research, including misrepresenting the treatment he received while in the hospital as a “cure.”
“There will be confidence issues with vaccination,” Kuomo said, adding that the state task force reviewing vaccines “adds vaccine guarantees to people.”
He also announced that New York ski resorts will be able to operate at 50% of normal indoor capacity from November 6th.
Last week he approved a movie theater outside New York City reopening with 25% capacity.
The announcement was made when cities and states were trying to contain a alarming rise in COVID cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
According to Cuomo, the positive rate for these “red zones” was 3.19% as of Saturday, with the remaining rate for the state being 1%. This is compared to the rates of 6.91% and 1.02%, respectively, as of the week ending October 3.
Seven New Yorkers died on Saturday, the highest death toll in the state at 25,644.
Cuomo, along with VAP, published some of the terminology of the era in the New York State Semi-Official Post COVID-19 Dictionary.
The jargon included “Blursday”. “When all the days start to blur together.”
Quoting a prediction that outbreaks could surge in the fall, “COVID fatigue can lead to poor discipline and poor compliance. It occurs when the virus is on the rise. Is a bad time. “
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