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It didn't take long for #antivax to exploit this situation for their own propaganda. They claim HPV vaccines cause autoimmunity MS, both untrue. But it seems to work for them. Tragically, Op Warp Speed won't launch any communications plan, until then antivax will fill the vacuum
Complicating this is the fact that @AstraZeneca is not a vaccine company, and they won't know how to manage this situation. So until someone steps in to help them, like Op Warp Speed, AZ will continue to fumble the message.

I'm happy to help.
There are several good vaccines that have crashed and burned because of public perception. I'm worried this could join the list. And it would be a global tragedy given that the AZ vaccine is now being scaled for production in Brazil, India, elsewhere.
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Canada is special for me. When my grandfather Morris Goldberg + his brother fled antisemitism he made Montreal his home, half-sister to Winnipeg. His parents were actors in Yiddish theater in Paris, Rue des Rosiers, got out well before the Nazis came in, wiped out what was left
As a kid I was a @CanadiensMTL fan, still am!
Many ask me about the origin of "Hotez" on my father's side. A bit of a mystery, they were from Galicia, Ukraine-Poland. The Z not too unusual, for instance Norman Podhoretz, who I seem to remember once wrote an essay on the "Galtizianers", but I couldn't find it just now
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1/5 Thread: Many thanks Jim @Acosta for hosting me today @CNNSitRoom where I explained my concerned about EUAs for #COVID19 #vaccines.

Here's why:
2/5 Thread:

1) We don't do EUAs for #vaccines reaching large segments of the US population...

2) ) because it's an incomplete and substandard review
3/5 Thread:

3) Rightfully, American people don't trust EUAs after FDA implemented and then revoked an EUA this year for hydroxychloroquine, and then the EUA for plasma Rx was poorly explained
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1/5 thread, it's truly terrifying how the American "health freedom" #antivax anti-science movement has become a global phenonmenon

theguardian.com/world/2020/aug…
2/5 thread, he says he'll speak to the largest crowd in German history...

3/5 thread, the globalization of the American #antivax anti-science movement is something I predicted in 2017 (and have been working hard to combat). Here's what I wrote in @sciam back then blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/wil…
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Ugh #Antivax stepping up their attacks on me this summer. Related to new POTUS anti-science? Thought I had assurances from House @OversightDems @GOPoversight Senate @HELPCmteDems @GOPHELP to stop this after hearings last year, but they dropped the ball.
theatlantic.com/health/archive…
Many thanks @thereal_truther for the heads up on the renewed attacks. Worry is #antivax ringleaders have followers who actually believe this nonsense, placing the security of my family at risk, unfortunately has happened a few times already. Could get worse up to the election...
I've written about anti-science movements in @PLOS @PLOSBiology, given how pervasive antiscience movements have become I've recommended that we begin providing training in science communication and public engagement in doctoral and postdoctoral programs journals.plos.org/plosbiology/ar…
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Is this for real? Regarding vaccines: Everything I know about @US_FDA @FDACBER @NIH indicates the opposite - they are working tirelessly - day and night - to accelerate the OWS #vaccine clinical trials, and in a way so as not to compromise the safety of the human volunteers
Certainly, our @NIH ACTIV Vaccine Working Group under the direction of the always amazing @NIHDirector has worked nonstop to make OWS a reality and to expedite things. And by now pretty much everyone knows that with me there are no secrets...
If working tirelessly to develop safe and effective #vaccines constitutes being part of the "Deep State" then count me in! Image
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politicalimmorality.wixsite.com/website/post/s…

How governments and conglomerates coerce populations by creating a crisis and perpetuating it
You may like to read politicalimmorality.wixsite.com/website/post/s… I have also pinned the post @JillGore8 @inmydumpster @MariusMihu32 @xpressanny @Intuitive1966 feel free to share and use any of the links etc.
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why i am no longer publishing (my own) #research in #academic journals - a (long) thread 1/38

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #academicpublishing #academicjournals #peerreview #ecrchat #OpenScience #publicationbias

(some references at the end of the thread)
(i still have a few collaborative papers to write and these will be published properly for the benefit of my co-authors)

i will soon publish a paper on a pre-print server, with no intention of submitting to an academic journal. my reasons for this are manifold 2/38
1. #academia is inherently corrupt & the publication model facilitates this:
- unpaid labour (editors, peer-reviewers,& authors [ok, they do get paid by the uni which oft = public funds yet journals privately profit & we see none of this unlike other forms of publishing]) 3/38
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Devastating to see how the #antivax lobby in #Texas has expanded its remit to demonstrate against testing, contract tracing, social distancing. We have a significant aggressive antiscience movement here
cbsaustin.com/news/local/she…
Looks like all of my #antivax tormentors in #Texas now have a fresh coat of paint (thanks @thereal_truther for the heads up)

facebook.com/events/5763613… Image
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Ho un ricordo, di tanti anni fa, di un articolo di giornale. Parlava di #RosannaBenzi. Nel 1962 fu colpita da poliomielite a #14anni. Visse 29 anni all’#ospedale #SanMartino di #Genova dentro un polmone d’acciaio. Scrisse anche un ##libro: Il vizio di vivere.
Sembra una macchina di tortura, vero? Forse lo era. Di certo sarebbe una tortura per tutti coloro che non sopportano una #mascherina o per quelli che hanno sofferto il #lockdown Eppure in quella macchina hanno vissuto in tanti.
Anche tanti bambini ai quali la #poliomielite toglieva la capacità di respirare. Allora dentro il #polmonedacciaio si creavano delle differenze di pressione che permettevano al torace di espandersi e fare entrare e uscire aria
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Thread 1/4: So tonight @BBCWorld @bbcworldservice I'm a bit freer to express my concerns for #Texas, and less time-constrained than US where everything so heavily scripted:
Thread 2/4: #COVID19 numbers going up precipitously, 1,000 new cases daily in #Houston, with @PolicyLabCHOP estimates indicating 4,000 new cases by July 4th weekend without intervention
Thread 3/4: We have a depth and breadth of poverty in #Houston and the US Gulf Coast that few understand and mostly unseen. Social distancing impossible, and high rates of diabetes HTN renal disease = toxic mix accounting for big rise in hospitalizations/ICU admissions
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Maybe I'm misreading this? Did the President really do an interview today with one of my #antivax detractors? Hopefully I'm mistaken....
And my invited response thehill.com/opinion/health…
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Thread sur le sujet, il y a quelques années j'étais #antivax, anti-nucléaire, je ne croyais pas aux officielles du 9/11 et j'étais convaincu que le placebo ne touchait pas les nouveaux née et que par conséquence l'homéopathie fonctionnait significativement sur ma fille. 1/n
Un jour, je me suis fait clairement sermonné par notre médecin de famille au sujet des vaccins pour mes filles. Le sujet c'était l'Hépatite B et le risque de sclérose en plaque. Elle m'a clairement expliqué le contexte d'une époque où une corrélation avait été observée. 2/n
Elle m'a ensuite expliqué que les études menées n'avaient pas montrée de lien de causalité mais aussi les raisons qui avaient menées à la corrélation. Ensuite, un peu par hasard je tombe sur une vidéo de @DeBunKerEtoiles sur le 9/11 que je regarde avec beaucoup de recul. 3/n
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What sort of accounts link #antivax websites on Twitter? We took a look at recent tweets linking 25 different websites that frequently feature anti-vaccine content; here's what we found. #MakingInfectiousDiseasesGreatAgain #WednesdayWisdom

cc: @ZellaQuixote
First off, the accounts linking antivax sites appear to be overwhelmingly right-wing, based on the hashtags in their profiles. #MAGA, #WWG1WGA, #KAG, #Trump2020, #QAnon, and #2A are the most frequently used, with plenty of other Q-related hashtags in the mix too. #QAnonsense
Retweet network for the 25 antivax sites. @LotusOak2 is the most oft-retweeted account, and also the one with the most varied repertoire, with links to 17 different anti-vaccine websites. @RobertKennedyJR and our old propaganda pal @Ian56789 show up too (it's been a while!)
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We started looking for automated accounts tweeting or retweeting links to #antivax sites, and childrenshealthdefense(dot)com delivered something interesting (although not actually vaccine-related, as it turns out.) What's myGoodBot?

cc: @ZellaQuixote
The tweets linking childrenshealthdefense(dot)com sent via the MyGoodBot app are all retweets of a @WeRaTruRepublic Bill Gates conspiracy theory tweet. These retweets happened very quickly - 20 in the span of two seconds.
These 20 retweets are from a 20 account botnet that fires off a batch of retweets via MyGoodBot seven times a day (3 hour gaps between most batches.) All 20 accounts retweet the same set of tweets. What are they amplifying?
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1- Did you know that you can Detox heavy metals deposited in your body as a result of vaccines with Nano Zeolite Particles?
Zeolites have a high negative charge & a strong affinity for toxins which are usually + charge
More in thread below!
#detox #antivax #magnetism #chelation
2- With the nano zeolites encased in water, a good way to think about it would be hundreds of thousands of little toxin magnets encased in water molecules clusters going into your body.
3- These toxin magnets are attracted to heavy metals, pesticides and any other toxin that has a positive charge. Their tiny pore size of 0.9 nanometers means that they have a huge amount of surface area to capture toxins and heavy metals
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[#Thread #Covid19] Le Pr #Montagnier vise-t-il le Prix Nobel du #complotisme ?
On pourrait le croire à en juger par les propos qu'il a tenus hier dans une itw au site @Pourquoidocteur complétée par celle de ce matin sur le plateau de #LHeureDesPros @CNEWS
dai.ly/x7tcp7a
... propos relayés sur Twitter par plusieurs comptes d'extrême droite ⤵️
... mais pas seulement ⤵️
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#COVID19.

Important thread.

Q: What does #Imperial College, the World Economic Forum (#WEF), #Salesforce, #Sinovation Ventures (Chinese technology venture capital), #ABB (#automation technology), global artificial intelligence (#AI), all have in common? Image
A: #Vaccines, #EmergingMarkets, #gene editing - via the Fourth Industrial Revolution

[It is important to Important to note that on June 13, 2019 WEF officially partnered with the UN. On March 11 2020 it announced partnership w/ WHO to form "COVID Action Platform for business." ImageImageImageImage
Jan 24 2019: "Imperial scientists present #vaccine revolution to world leaders at WEF in Davos"

Academics from Imperial's Network for Vaccine Research, joined heads of G20 & other states, #CEOs of #multinationals, members of int. orgs & other scientists at the #WEF meeting. ImageImageImageImage
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For many years I’ve been a scientist.

After studying Biomedicine, and then Medical Pathology science, I undertook postgrad studies in immunology and biochemical reactions in preterm neonates.

I’ve grown tired of #AntiVax pseudoscience, the destructiveness that their message
has caused in places like #Samoa with their current #Measles crisis, with 53 deaths in the last couple of weeks.

I’ve grown tired of the pompous self-righteousness of AVs posting images of themselves on Social Media, & thinking that they’re doing a great thing
by sending packets of Vitamin A over to Samoa, whilst it was their message, and visits by Taylor Winterstein & Robert F. Kennedy jr that has sparked this crisis.

I am sickened that AVs write Measles off as “just a RASH” whilst ignoring the fantastic work of
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ICYMI a theory that Trump’s weekend medical encounter was the result of an assassination attempt via poison has been making the rounds in some sectors of #MAGA Twitter. What’s up with that? #AltWankers

cc: @ZellaQuixote
@ZellaQuixote We downloaded tweets containing Trump, hospital, and poison, poisoned, or poisoning. Other than a few early speculative tweets, the story appears to originate with an Infowars article claiming (without evidence) to have info from a White House source about a poisoning attempt.
@ZellaQuixote The retweet network mirrors this - Infowars protegé @PrisonPlanet is the main driver of traffic, accompanied by @gatewaypundit and random #QAnon accounts. The "Trump was poisoned" claim quickly spread from Infowars to other propaganda sites, including #antivax site Natural News.
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#Event201 begins. Check it out online to participate virtually! centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/ #pandemic #biosecurity
Global leaders in business and government have convened to address the pandemic situation. @T_Inglesby from @JHSPH_CHS Moderates. See the #Event201 website for details on the participants.
Global distribution of cases and deaths from #Event201
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This is appalling and evil. We saw the smears against Fethullah Gülen in 2016-2017 at Snopes and were extremely concerned that the United States would capitulate to the disinformation. Of course, the calls were coming from inside the house all along.
These stories seemed to originate from a site called WhatdoesItMean.com. Here’s one of my old pages about Gülen disinformation archive.is/wn084
Look at who else was involved. wsj.com/articles/ex-ci…
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Meet @WytchesThyme, a Twitter account without which we would never have learned that Robert Mueller is dead, Stormy Daniels is an impersonator, Nancy Pelosi swapped places with a body double to avoid hit-and-run charges, and Julian Assange is an amputee.

cc: @ZellaQuixote
@WytchesThyme @ZellaQuixote Based on the tools at our disposal, @WytchesThyme does not appear to be an automated account. The content is however repetitive in terms of themes and phrasing, and the content doesn't change much over time.
@WytchesThyme @ZellaQuixote What media sites does @WytchesThyme link? RT/Russia Today is the most frequent, with a mix of local and national mainstream sources, government websites, change(dot)org petitions, and #antivax/pseudoscience site Natural News rounding out the remainder.
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We analyzed the headlines/titles on 23 news sites for the presence of terms related to these conspiracy theories. Dataset was constructed from links on each site's official English Twitter account(s); additional searches were used to fill gaps in Fox/Infowars.

cc: @ZellaQuixote
@ZellaQuixote This table shows the number of times each site mentioned each term in a headline, with the caveat that not all uses are conspiracy promotion. RT is the most common frequent flier (Skripals, Syria, and chemtrails) and nobody seems to give a duck about directed energy weapons.
@ZellaQuixote Same thing, this time with the most frequent topic for each source highlighted. For mainstream sites, this is generally the vaccine category (the content isn't #antivax.) For all three Russian sites as well as the BBC, the Skripal poisoning is topic #1, followed by Syria.
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