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Cuomo Makes Big Move on Vaccine

New York governor will form panel to vet anything pushed by federal government
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2020 1:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – When the federal government gives the green light for the first COVID vaccine, New Yorkers may be waiting longer than others. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said he was forming a special panel of experts to vet anything approved by the feds before it gets distributed in his state, reports Syracuse.com. He was blunt in his rationale: "Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion," he said, labeling the federal pandemic response as "incompetent," per the New York Times. President Trump is pushing for emergency approval of a vaccine by Election Day, and Cuomo's announcement came one day after the president said he might reject an FDA plan to tighten restrictions related to an emergency authorization, reports Politico.

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All this comes as polls suggest that more Americans are growing apprehensive about receiving a coronavirus vaccination. A new survey by Axios-Ipsos finds that 60% of Americans don't plan to try to get a vaccine as soon as it's available, up from 53% last month. Only 13% say they want to try it immediately, with 34% saying they'd prefer to wait weeks, months, or even more than a year. Nearly a quarter say they don't want a vaccination at all. Health experts note that if relatively few people get a shot, that will make the vaccine less effective in terms of establishing herd immunity. (Johnson & Johnson's vaccine candidate might require only one dose.)

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