Cuomo: 'The political pressure of denying COVID is gone' with Trump defeat

Cuomo: 'The political pressure of denying COVID is gone' with Trump defeat
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Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo ordering all New York state workers to be vaccinated or face testing Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement Scarborough pleads with Biden to mandate vaccines for teachers, health workers MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Joe BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE’s win in the 2020 presidential election will make a difference in how state and local officials respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think you'll see a different tone now. I think you'll even see some governors start to take a different tone now that Mr. Trump is out of office,” Cuomo on ABC's "This Week." “I think the political pressure of denying COVID is gone. I think you'll see scientists speak with unmuzzled voice now. And I think the numbers are going to go up and Americans are going to get how serious this is.”

Cuomo also noted rising cases in the past two months and warned of the period until Biden is sworn in. 

“If this administration rolls out a flawed vaccination plan, it's going to be a problem because it's going to be very hard for the Biden administration to turn it back."

Biden said after he was declared the winner of the 2020 race on Saturday that he would announce his COVID-19 task force on Monday.

“I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisers to help take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blue print that will start on Jan. 20,” said Biden. Former Surgeon General Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyFauci joins YouTube coronavirus special aimed at Black community Biden walks fine line with Fox News If you care about the First Amendment, this class action is for you MORE and Yale University professor Marcella Nunez-Smith are expected to continue advising Biden on the pandemic.

Cuomo on Sunday was also asked for his thoughts on the election.

“I think the overwhelming message was the country was - it was about President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE. And the country rejected the negativity, the personality, the controversy. He did everything he could ... to divide the nation, right? He disunited the states of America. And Joe Biden is the exact opposite. You heard him speak from his heart last night. That's who he is. He is an authentic person,” said Cuomo.