"I don’t believe the American people are that confident.” Gov. Cuomo task force to review vaccines

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's deploying a task force to review every vaccine authorized by the federal government.

News 12 Staff

Oct 19, 2020, 4:13 PM

Updated 1,362 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's deploying a task force to review every vaccine authorized by the federal government and prioritize access to the medicine when it becomes available.    
The task force will be made up of health care experts, scientists and state officials.
He also said the state is working on where the vaccine can be given. So far, the list includes places like hospitals, pharmacies and local health department sites.
"We would prioritize the vaccinations. The prioritization would be based on risk. And essential workers would have a priority, and people at risk would be prioritized, and we'd set up a matrix by that regards, and there'd be several phases of the administration of the actual doses," says Gov. Cuomo.
This morning, while on ABC’s "Good Morning America," Gov. Cuomo said a bigger hurdle is going to be convincing Americans that the vaccine is safe and effective. "I don’t believe the American people are that confident. You’re going to say to the American people ‘Now here's a vaccine. It was new. It was done quickly. But trust this federal administration and their health administration that it’s safe.’ I think it’s going to be a very skeptical American public about taking a vaccine, and they should be."
And the numbers seem to back up the governor's beliefs. A Pew Research poll from late September showed that about half of U.S. adults wouldn't get a COVID-19 vaccine if it was available today.
A STAT and the Harris Poll says 78% of Americans are worried that a COVID-19 vaccine is being influenced more by politics than science.


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