New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hid data on the impact of his nursing home quarantine policy to avert scrutiny from federal investigators. Cuomo had forced New York nursing homes to admit patients who were COVID-positive, in a medical disaster since determined to have unnecessarily cost the lives of thousands of senior citizens in the state.
The New York Post reported that a Cuomo aide admitted as such as Democratic New York state legislators on Thursday. Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa admitted that resarch related to the nursing home policy was spiked directly in response to criticism of the policy on the part of President Donald Trump.
“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said of Trump, referencing presidential tweets questioning the nursing home policy in August. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
“Then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.”
A Queens Democrat assemblyman described DeRosa’s remarks as no less than revealing an attempt to avert federal scrutiny, preventing New York’s policy makers from learning of the deadly ramifications of the nursing home policy in the process.
“[it’s] like they admitted that they were trying to dodge having any incriminating evidence that might put the administration or the [Health Department] in further trouble with the Department of Justice,” said Ron Kim.
It’s all but impossible the Department of Justice will investigate the nursing home policy now that Joe Biden is President. Some have speculated that the policy cost New York as many as 10,000 lives, nearly half the deaths in the state with the most COVID-19 deaths in the nation.
Cuomo’s mandatory placement of coronavirus patients in nursing homes inhabited by the elderly has since been recognized as one of the worst governmental coronavirus policies in the country, if not the world. The policy turned the facilities into superspreader locations where those most at risk from the virus lived- and the governor’s office has now admitted to covering up the crime.
TRUMP’S LEGACY: The United States is Administering Vaccines at Rates Far Higher than Europe, Asia
President Trump oversaw the foundations of the US vaccination system.
The United States currently ranks fifth worldwide in distributing coronavirus vaccines to its population, with 16.6% of Americans having received at least one vaccine dose. The US trails Israel, the United Kingdom Chile and Bahrain, three much smaller countries and one large one. The US maintains a strong lead on other western democracies, with most European countries having vaccinated less than 7% of their populations.
As of March 5th, Israel is the only country to have vaccinated more than 50% of its population. The UK has vaccinated just over 30%, with Bahrain and Chile around 20%. For a nation of 330 million people, the high US vaccination rate represents a medical and scientific achievement.
Plans to manufacture and distribute the vaccine were largely formed under President Trump’s administration, with the then-President spurring the military, pharmaceutical companies, state governments and federal drug regulatory agencies to expedite the vaccine. His efforts appear to be paying off in his successor’s reign, with no other large country proving close as successful to the United States in distributing vaccines.
Experts agree that the United States had suffered from an elevated death rate due to a high level of obesity and other comorbidities among the national population, and free movement between the union’s states. Nations in Europe and across the world had the luxury of closing off their national borders and essentially isolating small populations of several million people, a factor that President Trump’s critics largely ignored in assessing federal handling of the coronavirus epidemic.
The US was already a world leader in vaccine distribution when Trump left office, holding the fourth place spot in world vaccination rates before Biden entered office. Biden claimed that President Trump had failed to develop a vaccine distribution plan, even after he himself personally received the vaccine while his predecessor was still President. Trump urged his supporters to receive the vaccine in his CPAC speech last weekend.
Sadly, with the media proving successful at spinning a narrative insisting that President Trump had mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic, it remains entirely unclear if the former President will receive the credit he deserves for overseeing the momentous scientific and medical project.
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