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UFC parent company Endeavor launches coronavirus podcast

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The new podcast is called “Making the Call,” and is co-hosted by Ari Emanuel’s elder brother, Dr. Zeke Emanuel. 

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As Endeavor continues to suffer financial blows in the wake of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, the agency has decided to launch a new podcast on the global health crisis.

The podcast, which is called “Making the Call,” is co-hosted by Endeavor co-CEO Ari Emanuel’s older brother, Dr. Zeke Emanuel and Dr. Jonathan Moreno. The podcast will focus on the ongoing pandemic and the potential solutions required to mitigate its spread over the coming months.

“As our policy makers, medical experts, and first responders grapple with the choices forced upon us by the novel Coronavirus, doctors and hosts Dr. Zeke Emanuel and Dr. Jonathan Moreno will guide us on the codes of ethics that are the backbone of modern medicine,” reads the podcast blurb. “They will answer the key questions raised by COVID – 19 including “How do we decide who gets a ventilator?” “Who, if anyone, can force you to stay home in the interest of public health” and “When there’s a vaccine, who will get it first?”.”

Dr. Emanuel is an oncologist, a bioethicist, and a professor and vice provost at the University fo Pennsylvania. He is also the architect of The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and has authored 14 books, including Brothers Emanuel, Reinventing American Health Care. Dr. Moreno is a Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.​

While Dr. Emanuel’s relationship to his brother Aril could be considered a conflict of interest given Endeavor’s incentive to host live events as soon as possible, the renowned oncologist has already stated publicly that he does not believe large gatherings, which include concerts and sports events, will occur before late 2021.

“Restarting the economy has to be done in stages, and it does have to start with more physical distancing at a work site that allows people who are at lower risk to come back,” Emanuel told the New York Times. “Certain kinds of construction, or manufacturing or offices, in which you can maintain six-foot distances are more reasonable to start sooner.

“Larger gatherings — conferences, concerts, sporting events — when people say they’re going to reschedule this conference or graduation event for October 2020, I have no idea how they think that’s a plausible possibility.

“I think those things will be the last to return. Realistically we’re talking fall 2021 at the earliest.”