Janice Dean slams Cuomo over vaccine rollout: He is focused on 'being a celebrity instead of being a governor'

Slow vaccine rollout 'just another leadership failure' from Democrat, Dean tells 'The Daily Briefing'

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is far more concerned with his celebrity status than with his responsibilities, as evidenced by the state's botched coronavirus vaccine rollout, Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean told "The Daily Briefing".

"It's a disaster ... it is just another leadership failure from this governor," Dean said on Tuesday.

Dean became a strong critic of the Democratic governor's response to the COVID-19 pandemic after she lost both parents-in-law to the virus this past spring.

"I have been covering him for about 10 months, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that he is interested in being a celebrity instead of being a governor," Dean told host Dana Perino.

"Writing a book, doing a COVID poster, winning an Emmy, hosting a birthday party for himself ... he's doing four state of the state addresses this week. Instead, he should be talking about this massive failure trying to get the shot into arms of New Yorkers, especially the vulnerable."

In an Op-Ed published on Fox News earlier Monday, Dean wrote that Cuomo believes himself to be worthy "of many rewards" for his leadership.

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But, Dean continued, "If you ask those who lost loved ones in nursing homes, as my family did in 2020, his leadership has been a failure starting with his March 25 order to put COVID-positive patients into nursing homes for 46 days, and the subsequent cover-up of the total number of seniors we’ve lost since then."

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As the state tries to ramp up its vaccine distribution, Dean urged the governor to  "actually lead and talk to people and answer important questions" instead of "going out there and celebrating himself," warning that "this is going to be the next tragedy if he doesn't get his act together."

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