Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has an interesting cast of characters waiting in the wings as he plans to take the reins of the federal government.
Among his choices to serve on a coronavirus task force is Zeke Emanuel, who has advocated giving away COVID-19 vaccine doses to other nations before Americans have been fully covered, as reported by Fox News.
Advocating for the Fair Priority Model
The physician laid out his proposal earlier this year in an article he co-authored for Science magazine.
That piece advocated for something known as the Fair Priority Model, which seeks to address the ethical dilemma regarding the distribution of a limited supply on a global scale.
In the article, Emanuel maintained that governments owe “some” — but not “absolute” — priority to their own citizens, going on to express opposition to what the authors called “vaccine nationalism.”
“There’s not a good reason for absolute partiality”
Their position was that countries are obligated to give away doses of vaccine internationally after meeting the threshold domestically of obtaining herd immunity or keeping infection rates below a certain level.
Emanuel also told Scientific American that “from an ethical standpoint, there’s not a good reason for absolute partiality, where a country covers every one of its citizens before giving any vaccine internationally.”
Separately, he has come under fire for entertaining what some interpreted as eugenist views about the elderly.
“Creepy bioethicists who enjoy playing God”
In a piece published by The Atlantic, he suggested that life after the age of 75 is not worth living, a position deemed dangerous by critics including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK).
“A member of Biden’s new coronavirus task force is a lockdown enthusiast who has written that living past 75 isn’t worth it,” Cotton tweeted. “Americans want our country opened up, not creepy bioethicists who enjoy playing God.”
Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson took aim at Emanual over his presumption that “we have no choice” but to withstand the economic toll imposed from ongoing coronavirus-related lockdowns.
If Biden succeeds in taking over the White House after Inauguration Day, Emanuel is a clear signal of the direction his administration would take America.