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 CuomoDe Blasio: New York City will run out of COVID-19 vaccine this week without resupply Overnight Health Care: Testing capacity strained as localities struggle with vaccine staffing | Health workers refusing vaccine is growing problem | Incoming CDC director expects 500,000 COVID deaths by mid-February Health workers refusing vaccine is new growing US problem MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia 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 MurthyDemocratic senator: COVID-19 relief is priority over impeachment trial Post-holiday COVID-19 surge hits new deadly records Dr. Fauci made the right house calls 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 TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports 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.