Whereas broadcast networks like CBS had been bashing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) final week for shifting coronavirus vaccine doses from gradual hospitals to places that would get them out sooner, all the networks refused to cowl how a ridiculous government order from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) was accountable for many doses getting binned, as a result of they expired in freezers reasonably than administered to susceptible teams.
In accordance with a New York Occasions report out Friday, Cuomo’s tips and punishments for vaccinating folks exterior the designated section 1a class (well being care employees and nursing dwelling residents) had been so restrictive, that they prevented hospitals from giving out doses that had been set to run out.
“Within the weeks since vaccinations started in mid-December, tales of doses sitting in freezers for weeks or being discarded have emerged, providing a glimpse of what public well being specialists have characterised as a troubled rollout in New York,” wrote Joseph Goldstein, noting that Cuomo had solely just lately expanded the dosing tips to incorporate aged residents “75 and older.”
Goldstein additionally chronicled how Cuomo had despatched one Manhattan hospital extra doses than they wanted and so they had been compelled to throw the additional away:
Among the many clinics had been the Callen-Lorde Group Well being Heart in Manhattan, the place the chief medical officer, Dr. Peter Meacher, had anticipated to obtain only a small provide of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine to inoculate staff on the community of clinics he oversees.
As a substitute, 600 doses arrived late final month, way over he wanted to manage a primary dose to his workers.
For 2 weeks, greater than half of the provision sat in freezers. At one other clinic within the metropolis, small numbers of unused doses had been even thrown out.
However why had been hospitals compelled to throw out the vaccine? Properly, because the libertarian Motive journal reported on Friday, they might face upwards of $1 million in fines and will lose their capacity to apply drugs. All on Cuomo’s order.
“On December 28, he signed an government order rolling out strict penalties—as much as $1 million in fines, plus lack of medical license—for medical suppliers who enable folks to skip the state-issued vaccination line, even when these doses are about to run out,” reported workers editor Liz Wolfe.
It’s now Sunday and not one of the broadcast networks have advised their viewers about Cuomo’s disastrous coverage, in an effort to maintain his false narrative of being an incredible chief in a disaster intact.
Saturday’s World Information Tonight had ABC correspondent Zohreen Shah, touting how “New York Metropolis [would be] opening 5 vaccination websites on Monday. The state increasing the listing of who can get the shot subsequent, together with daycare staff, firefighters, and law enforcement officials, and folks over the age of 75.”
Although, she did notice, “it may take 14 weeks, almost four months, to vaccinate simply these teams.”
That very same night time noticed NBC Nightly Information anchor Jose Diaz-Balart and reported Sam Brock bash Florida’s expanded vaccination effort for utilizing doses on non-residents:
DIAZ-BALART: Sam, what number of are out of state residents which are getting vaccinated?
BROCK: So Jose, this hospital simply vaccinated about 1,500 folks. Roughly eight or 9 p.c had been from out of state. That is fairly consultant of what we have seen throughout Florida.
Brock’s report additionally falsely spun such expanded vaccination efforts as harmful, conflating them with the concept of giving folks half-doses.