Fighting the COVID-19 war when you're out of ammunition

Dan Levy
Updated: January 24, 2021 10:32 AM
Created: January 23, 2021 11:56 PM

BROOKLYN - So you say you'd like to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and you want it right now? Good luck.

"We exhausted all the vaccines that we have received," Gov. Andrew declared at his regular COVID-19 news briefing on Saturday morning.

The governor said with more than 7 million New Yorkers now eligible to get the vaccine, but only about 230,000 dosages expected to arrive in the coming week, the situation is "absurd."

"So now you have a situation in New York, and all across the nation, where you made this whole population eligible, but you don't have enough supply," the governor pointed out, "and you've created anxiety and frustration."

More bad news, the anxiety and frustration may last another 17 weeks, which is the time it'll take to vaccinate seven million people at the rate of 230,000 per week. But there may also be another problem.

"Our bigger problem is the acceptance," the governor asserted. "Especially among the Black and Latino community. Why? Because they're skeptical. They're skeptical of a vaccine approved by the Trump administration."

At his daily news briefing on Saturday in Brooklyn, the governor brought with him two members of Congress to help him drive home an important message.

"We believe in science," asserted Rep. Yvette Clarke (D - Brooklyn). "This vaccine will save lives."

"We are urging everyone to trust science and get vaccinated," added Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D - Brooklyn).

To help make that happen, more than 300 vaccination sites are being made available in churches and low income housing communities across the state. With this being day 329 of the pandemic, Cuomo is also cautioning people to avoid another growing malaise: COVID-19 fatigue.

"This is a fight," the governor began. "When you tire before the enemy tires, you know what happens? The enemy wins. We don't have the luxury of fatigue. If we let our guard down, that beast will rise up and will defeat us."

There's one more point the governor wanted to get across. He says even though most people survive COVID-19, he reminds them that 144 New Yorkers died from the virus over the previous 24 hours, and so his message is: don't get cocky with COVID-19.


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