NY Gov Andrew Cuomo thinks he knows best on vaccine roll-outs, perhaps encouraged by his latest book on leadership during a pandemic.
Nine senior health officials have resigned in protest to Cuomo’s intention to ignore their long standing distribution plan.
The former NY Deputy Commissioner for Public Health, Dr. Isaac Weisfuse said,
“The governor’s approach in the beginning seemed to go against the grain in terms of what the philosophy was about how to do this…It did seem to negate 15 to 20 years of work.”
Cuomo quipped at their resignations with,“When I say ‘experts’ in air quotes, it sounds like I’m saying I don’t really trust the experts. Because I don’t. Because I don’t.”
Contrast that with Florida Gov Ron DeSantis who told reporters that his job was not to tell health practitioners how to do theirs. He said,
“These guys are much more competent to deliver healthcare services than a state government could ever be…So, we’re empowering the hospitals. ”