CNN backed host Chris Cuomo following reports he received special access to COVID-19 testing because his brother, Andrew Cuomo, is governor of New York.
Governor accused of organizing access to state-administered COVID tests for family members and “well-connected personalities,” according to The Washington Post.
Chris Cuomo, who contracted the virus last spring, is one of those believed to have undergone priority testing organized by his brother. Cuomo’s wife also had COVID-19.
CNN spokesman Matt Dornic released a statement Wednesday that appeared to support Chris Cuomo without defending the reported events.
“We are generally not involved in the medical decisions of our employees,” said Dornic.
“However, it’s no surprise that in the early days of a once-in-a-century global pandemic, when Chris was showing symptoms and worried about possible spread, he turned to n ‘ anyone for advice and help, just like any human being would be. “
Three officials familiar with the priority testing operation told the To post that a high-level doctor and health officials have been dispatched to the homes of those tested and that a laboratory has been set up to quickly process the results.
These events appear to have taken place at a time when ordinary New Yorkers were struggling to take a COVID test. The accusations add to already considerable pressure on Governor Cuomo, who has faced calls to resign amid a scandal over deaths in nursing homes around the state and allegations of sexual harassment.
New York State law prohibits public servants from using their position to grant privileges to themselves or others. Cuomo’s administration has not made a statement on priority testing, citing health privacy laws.
The administration, however, noted that members of the public also underwent home testing.
“We should avoid insincere efforts to rewrite the past. At the start of this pandemic, when the focus was on contact tracing, we went absolutely above and beyond to get people tested – including in some cases. , going to people’s homes, and door-to-door in places like New Rochelle – to take samples from people suspected of having been exposed to COVID in order to identify cases and prevent others ”, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said in a statement.
CNN has been criticized in the past for the way it handles Chris and Andrew Cuomo’s relationship, especially after the nursing home scandal made headlines.