New York to review virus vaccines, citing politicization of process

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New York state will conduct its own review of all federally approved coronavirus vaccines, fearing the process has become too politicized, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday.

“Frankly, I am not going to trust the opinion of the federal government, and I would not recommend New Yorkers, based on the opinion of the federal government,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said at the meeting. ‘a press briefing.

New York officials have no role in the approval process for a possible vaccine, but under the current plan, they would help determine how it would be distributed statewide. In theory, officials could delay this distribution if they thought the vaccine was unsafe.

Officials in the state and New York said they had been discussing a vaccine deployment plan for months.

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