Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden named Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel to his coronavirus task force. Emaunel has been accused of profiting off lockdowns he has advocated for earlier this year.
Emanuel serves as a consultant for COVID-19 RECoVERY Consulting, which works with businesses on reopening and operating during the coronavirus pandemic by navigating laws regarding the virus. The work earned him the ire of former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson in September, who said Emanuel was profiting off the “lockdown that he’s pushing.”
“Zeke is doing good by doing well and doing well by doing good. He has his own consulting firm where he consults with people for profit to make money from giving them recommendations about how to get around and get past the lockdown advice that he’s pushing. The lockdown that he’s pushing,” Berenson told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson in September.
Biden’s transition team named Emanuel to the presumed administration’s coronavirus advisory board Monday, which will be chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler and Yale University’s Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.
“Our work begins with getting COVID under control,” Biden said after media outlets claimed him the victor of the 2020 presidential election.
Emanuel, an oncologist, vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania and adviser to Biden, serves with other consultants at COVID-19 RECoVERY Consulting, which touts its ability to decipher “confusing” government guidance on the pandemic.
“We understand guidance from the CDC and other state and federal agencies can be confusing, non-specific, and constantly changing,” the RECoVERY Consulting website says. “Every day, there is more information, conflicting opinions, and new scientific studies that require interpretation, integration, and discernment. Doing so without guidance can be dangerous for you, your employees, and your customers.”
It continues: “Our medical and epidemiological experts offer consulting services with a custom-tailored process to safely increase or restart the productivity of your business, helping you provide jobs and recover income.”
In September, Berenson told a visibly surprised Carlson that Emanuel profits off of lockdowns through the consulting firm. Carlson opened the interview saying Biden will lock down the country at the behest of “partisan operators like Zeke Emanuel,” seemingly prior to learning on-air about Emanuel’s employment at RECoVERY.
“The company is, it’s basically consulting, if you reopen, here’s how to reopen safely. He’s encouraging lockdowns to be in place and to be sort of moved back phase by phase. And then if you have a business where you actually want to have customers, he’s going to tell you, he and others, are going to tell you how you can do that. And I think it’s easy to sort of underestimate how big a business Covid has become,” Berenson added.
“And I’m embarrassed as you say that. First that I didn’t know that about Zeke Emanuel, I should have. And second, that we haven’t spent enough time on this show looking at the economic incentives to continue this,” Carlson said.
Emanuel, who is also lauded as an architect of the Affordable Care Act, said in April that the coronavirus-related safety measures will be in place for the “next 18 months or more.”
“Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications,” Emanuel said on MSNBC.
“I know that’s dreadful news to hear,” he continued. “How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is, we have no choice … We cannot return to normal until there’s a vaccine. Conferences, concerts, sporting events, religious services, dinner in a restaurant, none of that will resume until we find a vaccine, a treatment, or a cure.”
The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.
Author: Emma Colton
Source: Washington Examiner: Newly appointed Biden coronavirus task force member accused of profiting off of lockdowns he advocated for