Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, is now a key adviser for Joe Biden regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a top Cuomo aide, he is one of the “experts” that Cuomo relied upon for policy guidance during the pandemic.
The good doctor, however, disagreed, raising even more questions about exactly what is going on in New York.
No, I Didn’t!
When the transcript from the conversation Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa had with New York officials was revealed, it showed that Dr. Osterholm was apparently a key Cuomo adviser.
DeRosa stated, “The governor speaks, well obviously Dr. Zucker chiefly advises us internally.
“The governor speaks on a regular basis with Dr. [Anthony] Fauci and Dr. Michael Osterholm. I would say those are two of the people that are chief advisors.”
Dr. Osterhold immediately pushed back, stating, “First of all, I had nothing to do with his nursing home activity at all.
“I came on basically in early June only just to review data on a weekly basis — ‘did it meet the standards that they had set.’ So I was almost more of a technician than any kind of technologist. I never met with their group.”
He added, “I had one 5-minute conversation which was a surprise.”
Dr. Osterholm stated that Cuomo “had seen me on MSNBC and just wanted to call and say what a great job I did.
“And that’s the sole total I’ve ever had a conversation with him.
“I’ve never had a discussion with him and I’ve not met with any of them. I never met with them. I’ve never had a Zoom call with any of them.”
Cuomo adviser Rich Azzopardi is trying to spin this, stating, “When we created the mico-clusters back in September, if you actually remember what was going on, de Blasio came out and said ‘we’re seeing spikes in these areas, we want to shut down these zip codes.’
“We went back to Dr. Osterholm and pulled in Tom Frieden, whom, I’m sure you guys know is the head of the CDC and used to be head of New York City DOH, we talked to Bruce Aylward and we said, ‘what do you guys think we should do?
“How should we handle this? Do zip codes make sense? Then they came to us and said zip codes aren’t a way to define a region because the virus doesn’t respect it really, you guys should be looking at census tracks.”
Even that, however, does not jibe with what Dr. Osterholm has stated.
Now, I could be wrong, but it sure seems like Cuomo’s team is lying a lot these days.
There clearly needs to be an investigation into this, especially if Cuomo is claiming to get advice from these doctors but that is not actually taking place.
Is Cuomo just winging it? Because that surely seems to be the case right now.
Source: Fox News