ALBANY, NY — October 15, 2020 —Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released a letter from the National Governors Association (NGA) asking President Trump for a meeting to discuss how a vaccination program would be conducted and what are the respective roles of the federal and state governments. The letter can be found here and the text is below.
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Dear President Trump,
States have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, working tirelessly to protect and care for our residents during this global pandemic. Governors are willing to assist your Administration’s efforts to ensure a national vaccination campaign is implemented smoothly and efficiently. However, additional guidance and clarification is needed on the roles and expectations of states in a successful COVID-19 vaccine distribution and implementation plan.
To that end, as Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Governors Association, we request a meeting with you and your team to discuss what is required to ensure a strong partnership, including but not limited to: the delineation of federal and state responsibilities; the funding needs associated with those responsibilities; and the planned supply chain management and vaccine allocation process.
We look forward to a productive conversation together.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Chair, National Governors Association
Governor Asa Hutchinson, Vice Chair, National Governors Association