NY Gov. Cuomo asks to buy COVID vaccine directly from Pfizer amid dose shortages

NY Gov. Cuomo asks to buy COVID vaccine directly from Pfizer amid dose shortages
Andrew Cuomo demonstrates how not to wear a face mask. Notice that his nose is not covered.

[Ed. – Maybe his state would have had enough doses if he had not wasted thousands of them by micromanaging their use, which resulted in thousands of the doses spoiled because no patients had been scheduled for shots.]

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday asked Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla for the ability to buy Covid-19 vaccine doses directly from the company. But the company in a statement said the Department of Health and Human Services would need to approve such a model first.

The request comes after an alarmingly slow start to the national vaccine rollout, with the country millions of injections short of the Trump administration’s initial projections. As of Jan. 15, the U.S. had distributed more than 31 million doses and administered just over 12 million. Health officials had hoped to inject 20 million Americans by the end of 2020.

Cuomo, a Democrat, blamed the Trump administration for failing to send enough vaccine doses to his state. This week, he said, New York would receive 250,000 doses — 50,000 fewer than the week before.

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