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We launched a new video yesterday, but as @OttawaHealth has shown us again and again, sometimes tweets are the most fun.

So! *ahem*

Was the #COVID19Vaccine research rushed?

It’s thread time! 🧵⤵️ Image
Let’s set the stage first, shall we?

We are talking about #mRNA-based vaccines specifically.

When those vaccines were making headlines last fall, there was a lot of chatter about their speedy development and the newness of the technology.
That chatter made some people wonder if the whole process had been a little *too* quick.

It’s understandable! And it’s okay to ask questions.

But! While using #mRNA like this is fairly new on the market, it’s actually not a new idea. 🚫💡
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Canada's #vaccine status this evening, thanks to @covid_canada data.
262,744 doses today. The country now has 12,307,785 arms with at least one jab.
#COVID19Vaccines #VaccinesSaveLives #Covid19
First doses among the 16+ population continue to climb, now at 35.8%.
#BC and #Ontario are not too far off the national average for first dose rates.
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When we talk of Immunity we mean that our body has the resistance to fight or is impervious to a external threat. In the biological context it means we can fight of an organism.1/n
@docphiloshoper @HaryaxPathak @pankti4299 @rud_ras @sarkarrahul
The organism that we currently are interested in is the #SARS_CoV_2 virus 🦠 and it’s variants. Anything that helps us boost our immune system for that is a #ImmunityBooster 2/n
@happygoel4 @imacuriosguy @ChaitanyaD2020 @Apoxipril @docyrh @dr_syedfurqan @Mohan02523702 @meetKool
It means when #SARSCoV2 virus 🦠 enters our body we have a immune system that is prepared to take on the virus and reduce its effect over us. Remember the virus is getting into our body and is in our system. Our #Immunity needs a #ImmunityBooster to fight back. 3/n
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The only feelings to center on are those of black community
Wrong use of this quote during the week of #DerekChauvinTrial

Some people “feel” things if a white male faces accountability
Amy Cooper’s feelings: call cops
Racism & racism lite has always focused on “feelings” #BLM
When @ayshakhoury or @uche_blackstock were authentic in their feelings: ended careers

Black female physician #DrSusanMoore having “knowledge” or a “voice”
while DYING
made others
*feel* “intimidated.”

This is part of a known pattern for WOC
#BLM #BlackintheIvory
This is a repeating pattern of “feelings” used against tellers of uncomfortable truths that #MLK described in the letter from the Birmingham jail.

Seeking order > justice or overpolicing are all to protect only certain “feelings” of “security” while those like #adamtoledo die.
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Based on UK evidence, the #AstraZeneca benefits far outweigh the rare blood clot risks for 40 and older. #VaccinesSaveLives #vaccines
I've studied statistical probability and spent a career making probability-based decisions. If you are 40+, go get the Astra Zeneca. This is a bet you don't want to lose.
Maybe you aren't sure what ICU with covid is like. You may want to make sure you have your will prepared now. Because the odds of surviving are not that great and the degree of suffering is something we can't even talk about here. Not here to scare anyone, this is reality.
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Got my second shot of #Covishield today. So much controversy around it and I wish to clarify some points .
1.all vaccines even those we routinely use on children all these years can cause serious side effects in few as some humans react different from majority of population
2. Every hospital or phc has equipment, drugs and trained persons ready to handle any immediate side effects
3.regarding the formation of blood clots with #CovishieldVaccine; the chance it occurs is very very very minimal compared to the no.of people vaccinated.
The chance of getting blood clots with vaccine (based on data so far) is 4 in 10 lakhs that is 0.0004%
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1/ Q: Do we know more about whether the vaccines reduce transmission?

A: YES! Evidence continues to mount that the vaccines DO in fact reduce transmission.

2/ ➡️ While the Nerdy Girls are still dreaming of transmission being tested in the clinical trials (call us☎️), the data pouring in from around the world strongly suggests that the vaccines are very good (but not perfect) at reducing ALL infections & by extension transmission.
3/ Recall the clinical trials (largely) tested only participants who developed symptoms. One possibility is that vaccines reduce the severity of COVID-19 to the point of no symptoms, but still allow the virus to replicate in the nose and throat & potentially be spread to others.
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I would say that society is at fault. The government was not behind Jenny McCarthy, Oprah, Dr. Oz, etc.
#vaccine #VaccinesSaveLives #VaccinesWork #MedTwitter #ScienceTwitter
What the government DID do wrong: “#security” & espionage via vaccines Frankenstein monster unleashed on Muslims

If the US government does do things like this it’s not a “#conspiracy

...all while what led to #CapitolRiots was brewing 🤦🏻‍♀️

If Prius-driving Whole Foods-consuming suburbanites would STOP #misinformation #disinformation to #trauma ridden #refugee populations


the jobs of minority & Muslim doctors would not be so hard

This is lack of *societal* control
of the most privileged
who HARM
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In the last few years I have become increasingly outspoken to the detriment of certain professional relationships & at some reputational risk - in particular holding fellow so-called “model minority” accountable on harm

we as a society MUST stop killing & harming ppl
There are 1001 ways to avoid difficult, uncomfortable change.

Those who (I’m going to be frank) are lazy, selfish or lack sufficient ability or courage, will oppose change, often also mislabeling other people either as lazy “moochers” or aggressors.

#BLM #blacklivesmatter
A culture of civility only empowers the true aggressor. It allows silencing and mislabeling of anyone who speaks up regarding system level harm or interpersonal harm.…
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“QAnon is ...a self-sustaining environment of #disinformation & #misinformation...

.. QAnon hijacks the architecture of social media..

..By controlling acceptable forms of information, QAnon traps its members in a downward spiral of radicalization.”…
“As P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking describe in.. book Likewar: The Weaponization of #SocialMedia, this phenomenon of “junk” or “fake news” is not new. In 2016, a similar, but related, conspiracy known as “Pizzagate” resulted in a shooting at a DC area pizza parlor.” #SoMe
Above is not limited to academic articles

There has been an increase in #antiAsianhate crimes
targeting of #GOTV by minorities
including this attempt to intimidate me for my GOTV, by armed right wing

There was the #Nashvillebombing (with QAnon beliefs)
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When the pandemic first began early last year, myself along with the rest of this crew were assigned to help the County Health Department perform COVID-19 contact tracing.

We spoke with thousands of citizens across Hamilton County...

and speaking from personal experience, a lot of our calls were heartbreaking. Sometimes we had to grieve with spouses, fathers, brothers, sisters or mothers who had recently lost the person they loved most in this world...(2/5)
Other times we tried our best to provide optimism and laughter to help those who were going through a scary and difficult time.

All in all we did our best with the aim to help serve our community and to help to save lives...(3/5)
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Recent Covid vaccine conversations with family members:

Me: Are you getting your shot?

Them: Nope, man I don’t know what’s in that thing?

Me: You take meds for headaches & blood pressure right?

Them: Yup. Why?

Me: Do you know what’s in that?


Them: Point taken.

Them: I’m not getting the shot.

Me: Why?

Them: Does it even work?

Me: We have seen loved ones who’ve gotten sick, hospitalized & even died because of the virus. Do You know anyone who has gotten the vaccine & have been hospitalized or died because of it?

Them: No
Folks I know Covid has dramatically changed all of our lives. Many of us have lost loved ones or have seen a friend or colleague become impacted by this deadly virus. There is light at the end of the tunnel but we must remain vigilant & #GetVaccinated because #VaccinesSaveLives
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If you study #vaccine + #sideeffect... you automatically cross into #healthcare & #medicine regardless of what other label applied

I'm a #vaccineswork #vaccinessavelives #pediatrician & #tweetiatrician careful on #data #quality particularly for women, WOC, POC

This is my lane
Every seeming kind of "not a big deal" thing related to #vaccineswork blows up in our faces like death threats via online mobs against #pediatrician #SciComm

May seem extreme but take a look at the escalation of responses to my identifying "bad #data"…
We can't wait for yet more false "vaccines affect (THEY DO NOT) fertility" trope to circulate

anyone who is generating data on #vaccine "#sideeffects" needs to think about clean, quality, meaningful data. Junk data: common, but this actually matters…
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#MedTwitter showed me the dark side of this, of all times, during a #pandemic. Turns out some who are employed in supposed #SciComm actually stalk patients on behalf of doctors & administrators. Sadly, #bullying patients has gone from "just" in hospitals to dark web.
There is a type of doctor, not all, who believes self a "victim" of patients.. "I am a victim" is used to do mental gymnastics to "justify" #bullying patients who seek answers, report error or harm, initiate lawsuits.

Yes, there is too much litigation. But this is America.
#Tweetiatrician training is for #advocacy on #vaccines #VaccinesWork #VaccinesSaveLives

This has been our lane for well over a decade. As long as I've been a pediatrician we've been using every form of #communication and #SciComm, the sillier the better…
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Following some hoopla that my tweet 👇🏻 caused…

1. I want to applaud all the medical workers in #Montenegro - epidemiologists, support staff, technicians, nurses, doctors - who are at the front line, caring for the many sick people in the hospitals around the country (🧵1/10)
You are the unsung heroes!

I want to make sure that what I’ll say is #not meant to indicate that the #services you provide in 🇲🇪 are not good - I know that you are doing your very best, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart (2/10)
*reminder: health services is not a synonym for health system

My comment that it doesn’t make sense to use #CFR (or as was referred to ‘lethality’) for comparisons between countries, and as a mirror of the quality of health system quality is based on the following facts (3/10)
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Things to avoid saying during #AutismAcceptanceMonth, a thread:

“We’re all on the spectrum.”

I know you’re trying hard to relate, but no, we’re not. Autistic people each have unique experiences, challenges, and skills.
“I never would’ve known if you didn’t tell me”

I have a lot of coping strategies including masking, and autistic people often do extra work to be accepted or make neurotypicals feel more comfortable.

Instead, consider how you can be more inclusive/be glad someone disclosed.
“Your autism isn’t like my cousin’s brother’s autism.”

You’re right! I am not a boy, I am an adult woman. Also, every autistic person has unique strengths and challenges. As the saying goes, “if you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person.”
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In line to get dose one of the Moderna shot.

Gotta say, I don't LOVE standing in a lobby full of folks who aren't vaccinated, and who aren't being temperature screened.
Double masked and shallow breaths, I guess.
Well this is a fun view.

Let's See if Nome can avoid saying anything while waiting in line.
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Some thoughts on risk perception/risk communication in light of this week's @EMA_News statement on the possible link between the AZ #COVID19 vaccine & rare blood clots. A thread 🧵
Low probability, high consequence events are called dread risks.… There is a risk in avoiding risk. People can make decisions to avoid a rare risk that put them at a greater risk of a more common adverse outcome.
We don't know right now if the observed association between the vaccine and very rare clotting/bleeding issues is causal or if there may be some underlying factor involved. We don't know the baseline risk of these events in the context of the pandemic.
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80+ Ontario Vaccine Rollout Status March 8 9am
*** check PHU websites for more details
*** add updates or corrections to replies
Thanks to volunteers who update this daily!
#VaccinesSaveLives Image
Note: I have added the 14 day new cases per 100K to the table. This gives an idea of which regions will be seeing the most 80+ deaths per capita in coming weeks. Part of getting vaccines to regions is understanding where the greatest immediate need is.
Latest for Toronto hospital-led clinics.…
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Dear Chennaites,

Here's the list Covid-19 vaccination centres in #Chennai.

Here's the list Covid-19 vaccination centres in Govt Hospitals, Central Govt & ESI Hospitals in #Chennai.

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If you had any doubts about the efficacy of vaccines: Marked reduction in deaths in vaccinated persons in nursing homes than in overall US population. #VaccinesSaveLives @nytimes @mathisonian @smervosh @danielle_ivory
If you don't believe this, and the data from randomized trials and other real world data we already have, then your aren't gonna believe.
This is why I'm confident that vaccines will get us back to normalcy.

This is why I don't this March will be terrible.

This is why I think we can be near normal by summer as proportion of people who have been vaccinated and those with prior COVID inches close to herd immunity
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The #1 purpose of vaccines is to prevent deaths and serious morbidity. COVID vaccines are almost 100% effective in doing that. That's the message.
We had a good sense of that from the randomized trials. We have a good sense of that now with data from Israel. And we have a good sense of that now from nursing homes in the US.
#VaccinesSaveLives @NicoleWetsman @verge…
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Por fin llegó mi turno para la ansiada vacuna frente a la #COVID19 Mis células dendríticas esperando a que las células musculares de mi deltoides produzcan la proteína S para capturarlas y rápidamente llevarlas al ganglio y organizar la respuesta inmune 😃 Image
De momento el pinchazo ha atraído unas pocas células dendríticas que lo único que han visto es pasar unas esferas lipídicas con un ARNm en su interior y que se han metido rápidamente en las células musculares. Image
Pero como son lípidos, mis células dendríticas no ven nada raro, solo permanecen atentas por la zona por si acaso ... a ver mañana lo que pasa 😜
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Today marks the ONE YEAR anniversary of the day I posted a little video about #vaccines to a little platform called #TikTok

So of course, one does what one has to do...I made another TikTok to commemorate the occasion.

@ShotsHeard @doritmi @DrToddWo @thepedimom
One day after I posted the original video on 1/10/20 - I tweeted this...

I also posted on my @Facebook and @instagram accounts

2 days later, the antivaxx community hit me HARD...posting threats on social media, calling my office and harassing my staff, and leaving fraudulent online reviews.

This went on for over 2 weeks.

#EndCyberbullying #VaccinesSaveLives
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