Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that while the statewide infection rate is on the rise, relief is in sight for Americans, not only with the potential of the Pfizer vaccine, but also with a decrease in numbers in Brooklyn’s hard-to-fight red zone.
While announcing new clusters in the state, Cuomo said the red zone in Brooklyn, which sparked outcry from Orthodox Jewish community believing its religious rights were being violated with restrictions on gatherings, will be reduced to one zone orange with the publication of new cards. later Monday.
« [Brooklyn], which is a truly urban area, as we all know Brooklyn has made good progress. We reduced the red zone by 50% last week based on the progress that has continued and now we are announcing that for Brooklyn the red zone will be completely eliminated and what is now the red zone will turn orange, ”said Cuomo.
On Monday, the governor’s office said the statewide infection rate, including all microclusters, was 2.8% with 26 deaths on Sunday.
Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine is expected to come in next month with 94% effectiveness, raising doubts from the governor over how the federal government plans to distribute the elixir through private interests.
“We have definitely entered a new phase with COVID, the fall season brought the expected increase in COVID that all scientists had predicted. The numbers are undeniable, around the world 10 million cases, ”Cuomo said. “The federal government says it wants to start shipping the Pfizer vaccine in a few days so that when it is fully proven, states will be able to distribute it. This is great, I have serious doubts about the distribution methodology that the Federal Government is planning … The Federal Government has always been wrong throughout COVID and has been incompetent in its operation, so we have to get it right this times.
Sending the vaccine to private markets through pharmacies, hospitals and clinics will leave poorer, black and brown communities already disproportionately affected by the virus, without access to the dye as they often lack these services to begin with. , according to Cuomo.
Although he expressed relief that a new White House administration would take the reins in late January, Cuomo said in a morning TV appearance that it still left states in a difficult position until then.
President-elect Joe Biden appeared to share Cuomo’s sense of urgency in a statement released with the news of the Pfizer vaccine, asking Americans to buckle up and befriend their masks for a few more months.
“This news follows a schedule previously announced by industry officials that called for vaccine approval by the end of November. Even if this is achieved, and some Americans are vaccinated later this year, it will still be several months before there is widespread vaccination in this country, ”Biden said. “That’s why the CDC chief warned this fall that for the foreseeable future, a mask remains a more potent weapon against the virus than the vaccine. Today’s news does not change this urgent reality. Americans will have to rely on masking, distancing, contact tracing, hand washing and other measures to stay safe until next year. Today’s news is great news, but that doesn’t change that fact.
According to Pfizer, the vaccine appears to work well with young and middle-aged individuals, but the results for the elderly leave some questions unanswered. The company said it would apply for emergency use authorization from the Federal Drug Administration by the end of November.
This story originally appeared on amny.com.