Governor Cuomo Issues Letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Demanding Explanation for False Claim That Vaccine Doses ‘Held in Physical Reserve’ Would Be Shipped to States
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New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding an explanation for the secretary’s false claim that “all of the doses that had been held in physical reserve” would be shipped to states, when in fact the federal government had already distributed all of those doses and would not be increasing the supply. New York State will receive 250,000 doses this week—50,000 less than the week prior—even though the CDC has now expanded eligibility to more than 7 million New Yorkers.
The full text of the letter is available below:
January 18, 2021
Dear Secretary Azar:
One year ago this month, the Trump Administration banned travel from China, a policy that ignored the obvious reality that the novel coronavirus had already spread to Europe where millions of travelers boarded flights to the New York metropolitan region, leaving northeast states ambushed by the deadly virus.