‘Save your soul, Dr. Hahn.’ - Gov. Cuomo lashes out at reported plan to oust FDA chief
Gov. Andrew Cuomo used time during a conference call
Thursday morning to respond to a report that Secretary of Health and Human
Services Alex Azar is considering firing FDA Commissioner Steven Hahn.
The discussions come amid
deep frustration with Hahn over his insistence that a COVID-19 vaccine meet
stricter-than-normal safety standards — a contentious decision that rendered it
impossible for President Donald Trump to fulfill his oft-expressed desire for a
vaccine just before Election Day.
“You don't make governmental decisions based on the election
calendar. You especially don't make public health decisions based on the
election calendar,” said Gov. Cuomo. “You are talking about life and safety on
the approval of a vaccine…To rush it for a campaign platform is abhorrent.”
Gov. Cuomo had a message for Dr. Hahn:
“Remember your oath and do our duty as your medical
profession requires. Save your soul, Dr. Hahn,” he said.
The governor said that the reported rush to a COVID-19
vaccine is “why the American people are skeptical about vaccines.”
Gov. Cuomo also said that the White House has not replied to
a letter he sent on behalf of governors that asked about how the vaccines would
be distributed. He says New York has received no guidance on how much it would
cost to distribute the vaccine or how long it would take.