Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked Pfizer Inc. on Monday whether it would sell its Covid-19 vaccine directly to the state of New York to help address the federal food shortages that have been blamed on the Trump administration. Do
In a letter to Pfizer chairman and chief executive Albert Bourla, the Democratic governor said he was appealing directly to the company when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar failed to deliver on his promise to increase food in New York State. had been.
Last week, the governors of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota sent a letter to Mr. Azar asking him to allow states to buy vaccine doses directly. Mr Cuomo’s’s request points to a rare attempt by the federal government to ignore the supply of its vaccine to a state.
The governor said the state received 250,000 doses this week, 50,000 less than last week – even as US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased the number of people eligible for the dose, which Is up to 65 years of age and older.
With about seven million New Yorkers eligible, Mr. Cuomo said it would take up to seven months to vaccinate all of them in the current supply. The state recorded more than 33,000 deaths in Cove 19, the highest in the country.