Did Cuomo Call Pfizer's Covid-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Bad News?
Attention has been drawn to a video shared on Twitter by one Tom Elliot. The video was claimed to represent Andrew Cuomo's statement that it was "bad news" Pfizer's successful COVID-19 Vaccine was discovered during Trump's administration.
The video claim further dwelled on his statement to mean he vowed to stop the distribution of the vaccine during Trump's era. For a video that has generated 2.5 million views, more than 5,000 quote tweets, and retweets, what is true and what is not?
Andrew Cuomo is the 56th governor of New York. A position he has held since 2011. Cuomo is an avid speaker against Trump's administration, especially in policies that concern his state. Both the President and the Governor have had personal and political spat, such as disagreements on immigration policy and infrastructure fund. In all of this, Cuomo is a Democrat, and a friend of President-elect Joe Biden. This explains why he is at the end of social media claims and a possible video misrepresentation.
About the Interview
On November 9, Andrew Cuomo was invited to an interview by George Stephanopoulos. The interview was hosted on ABC's "Good Morning America". He was invited to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
What was said in the Interview
When asked what he makes of the news of Pfizer's announcement that their vaccine is more than 90 percent effective, here is what Andrew Cuomo said:
"It's good news, bad news, George. The good news is that the Pfizer tests look good and we'll have a vaccine shortly. The bad news is that it's about 2 months before Joe Biden takes over and that means this administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan. The vaccine plan is very important. It's probably the most ambitious undertaking since COVID-19 began."
What was not said in the Interview
From the quoted text, it is obvious Andrew Cuomo never said it is bad news because the vaccine was discovered under the Trump's administration. Instead, he said it is bad news because the distribution of the vaccine would be implemented by the Trump administration. Since he believes the administration is renowned for mishandling, the wait until Joe Biden resumes office is where the bad news is according to him.
The claim that Cuomo calls Pfizer breakthrough bad news because it was discovered under Trump and vows to stop it, therefore, wedges between a blatant lie and misrepresentation. It is false, and misleading, and should be treated as such.