But by the time a wider distribution of a vaccine is underway next spring, Mr. Trump’s presidency will be long over.
A spokesperson for Mr. Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, responded on Twitter, saying Mr. Trump “failed in his response to the pandemic, lied to Americans about the seriousness of the situation when he knew otherwise and been dismissed by voters for his incompetence. @NYGovCuomo is fighting to ensure that communities most affected by Covid receive the vaccine. The federal government provides 0 resources. “
Federal resources were very much on the minds of state officials as they grappled with the number of infections shooting skyward and hospitals on the verge of being overwhelmed.
Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, where the number of new cases hit a daily high of 8,256 on Thursday, said everything Mr. Trump said now could not make up for his refusal to wear a mask and his acceptance of large public gatherings , during electoral rallies. and in the White House.
While the outgoing administration could still help, Gov. Evers said: “They also report to a president who, frankly, isn’t the most consistent when it comes to the things that matter: masks and insurance. that you are not public gatherings with a whole group of people to spread disease. “
“They won’t play a huge political role here,” he added.
Jennifer Miller, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said much of the department’s response was funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as law name CARES, which will expire on December 31st, thank you. in part to Mr. Trump’s failure to negotiate further relief despite months of wrangling with Congress.
Kim Deti, spokesperson for the Wyoming Department of Health, said health officials were also concerned about having enough money to continue with contact tracing and other operations which they said , had kept virus cases in the state low for much of the year.