During an interview with Good Morning America, Cuomo said that the American people will be 'skeptical' about a vaccine because of how the federal administration has handled the pandemic and that he won't rush to recommend it.
It's unclear if, once the FDA approves it, Cuomo will actually be able to stop it from being administered across the state.
In a lengthy vaccine administration plan that his office released on Sunday, the governor says he will consult a 'task force' of his own doctors about the vaccine and, if necessary, withhold it.
'The Task Force will advise on the vaccine safety profile, legal authority to withhold vaccine, and clinical best practices if New York State must withhold or pause distribution of the vaccine. ‘
'Once New York’s independent Clinical Advisory Task Force has advised that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, the vaccine will be distributed and administered throughout New York State,' the plan reads.
He also appeared on GMA to talk about his opposition to the dubious vaccine and whether it will be safe.
'I'm not that confident [in the CDC] but my opinion doesn't matter. You're going to say, here's a vaccine it was new, done quickly but trust this administration that it's safe?"
'I think it's going to be a very skeptical American public and they should be.
'We're going to put together our own group of medical experts to review the vaccine and if they say it's safe I will go to the people of New York and say it's safe.
'But I believe all across the country, you're going to need someone other than this FDA and CDC saying it's safe,' Cuomo said.
Since March, Cuomo and Trump have butted heads at nearly every turn, to say the least.
The President has repeatedly criticized Cuomo's decision to send recovering COVID-19 patients back into nursing homes, a move that led to thousands of deaths, and says he kept the state closed for too long.
Cuomo, on the other hand, continues to boast about how he handled New York's crisis by driving the numbers down.
He is now touting a book about his pandemic response and is calling it 'Lessons in Leadership'.
His 'task force' of doctors is made up of seven New York doctors, some of whom are academics while others are practicing physicians.
The head of the group is Charles M. Rice, a Rockefeller University scholar and Nobel Prize laureate who researches Hepatitis C.
Cuomo has not elaborated on what, in his eyes, makes them more qualified to comment on the safety of a vaccine than Dr. Fauci, the head of the CDC and the nation's most authoritative COVID-19 voice.