Cuomo says “unused” federal funds are far from enough to cover the spread of vaccines

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office rejects allegations that the state has unused money to distribute a coronavirus vaccine after the governor criticized the federal government for not providing adequate funding this week.

“The federal government is not providing support to states to carry out vaccinations,” Cuomo said at a news conference on Wednesday. – Who pays for this? How to do distribution? “

In response to criticism that the Cuomo has about $ 14 million worth of funding, including federal money, that can be used to distribute the vaccine in the state. his budget director said the state had already accumulated spending in excess of that amount for preparation and planning.

On Wednesday, the Cuomo estimated that the state needed about $ 1 billion to distribute the vaccines, but noted that the federal government did not give states close to that money.

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Money is needed for education, information and access to minority communities, in addition to dissemination itself, Cuomo noted.

The Democratic governor has consistently called on the federal government to provide more state and local funding, consistent with the defined political goals of the individuals Biden touched for his incoming administration.

Cuomo said on Wednesday that the state is expected to receive about 170,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 15. But he said widespread distribution could take place as early as June or the end of September.

The White House has proposed that there be enough doses to vaccinate a total of about 20 million people by the end of December – equivalent to about 6% of Americans.