President Donald Trump said that New York might get the coronavirus vaccine later than other states because Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suggested that the Empire State may not begin using the drug right away.
He added: "We cannot waste time and can only give to those states that will use the vaccine immediately. Therefore the New York delay. Many lives to be saved, but we are ready when they are. Stop playing politics!"
"We are in a situation now where half the people in the country are saying, 'I don't know if I should trust the vaccine,'" Cuomo said.
In July, the U.S. government reached a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech, agreeing to pay $1.95 billion for the first 100 million doses of BNT162, the companies’ vaccine candidate. The deal is contingent upon approval or emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, which is pending.