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Excess mortality during this pandemic has been very large

So large that in 1/3 of all countries more lives were lost than the top cause of death before the pandemic

And in 2/3 of all countries the pandemic was worse than the second cause of death

An estimated 21 million lives were lost in total

This is based on the mid-point estimates of the excess death model by The Economist

Here's where they lived

We can debate these numbers ad infinitum

Best is to entertain multiple perspectives

Here's four different views

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This #WorldImmunisationWeek we wanted to take the opportunity to look back at our support with the COVID-19 vaccination effort and what more still needs to be done to ensure that everyone around the world is able access vaccination.
Since the start of COVID-19, the British Red Cross has been on the ground in communities supporting the most vulnerable people to stay safe. In the UK, we have focused on making sure that the most vulnerable groups get vaccinated.
The British Red Cross has also been working to combat misinformation around the vaccine. We worked to map vaccine hesitancy helping to reach communities who would most benefit from information during vaccine rollout.
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This morning, the @CDCgov joins @EthnicMediaSvc for a robust discussion on #COVID19 vaccines, when a vaccine might be available for children five and under, and global #VaccineEquity . Join us on Facebook at 11 am PT:…
Please send your questions for the @CDCgov and we will try to get them answered live.
@CDCgov Dr. John Brooks says #BA2Variant represents 30 percent of Covid cases in US, especially in #NewYork and #NewEngland where it reaches over 50 percent
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🧵 1/19 Oh, so you've been "touched by #Covid19?"

Did you say goodbye to a loved one via a computer screen? Did you drop them off at an ER only to see them next, in person, in a coffin?

2/ Did your loved one catch Covid and die just weeks before they were able to get a vaccine because the US has failed to deliver on #VaccineEquity? @JanethNunezdelP @MarkedByCovid…
3/ Was your mother, a #HealthCareHero, forced to reuse #PPE while confronting patients who refused to mask because their governor @GregAbbott_TX said it wasn't necessary? @itsmefi @MarkedByCovid…
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Hey Team Twitter, do you have a spare 5 minutes?
Put it to good use.
Help #VaccinateTheWorld in 2022. Here’s how…

Our #VaccinateTheWorld plan is simple: we get the UK government to offer more support to the international community (detailed actions below)
How? It’s a two pronged attack…

Step 1: Trigger a debate in parliament by signing this petition. 100,000 signatures = debate…

Step 2:
Find your MP using this link:
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Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

The last thing I feel like doing this evening is sitting in front of my computer, writing this email, but as much as I’d like to simply relax and enjoy my evening, I can’t.
I keep thinking about how many of our fellow Canadians are struggling—really struggling—right now, as a result of the ongoing stress and strain posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
And I keep thinking of all the people in low-income countries who are dying because they lack access to life-saving vaccines.
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I have been tweeting about endemicity for a while now but I'll explain it here for anyone who wants to better understand how this pandemic will end from an immunologist's POW:
This pandemic won't end by us eradicating #SARS_CoV_2 there are three main reasons for this:
1) This virus has animal reservoirs meaning it can jump back and forth between humans and other hosts. So forget about we will eradicate this virus or COVIDzero
2) Although our vaccines are very effective against severe #COVID19 they don't confer sterilizing immunity meaning... can be immunized and still get infected and transmit the virus.
3) Even if we had vaccines that conferred sterilizing immunity, we couldn't possibly vaccinate the entire human population to prevent the emergence of VOCs that can evade immunity...
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#MerryChristmas2021! If I had one wish from #SantaClaus, what would it be?
With the #OmicronVariant, there’s a lot of chat on what countries should do with #COVID_19 vaccinations – start boosters or complete the first round of the recommended two doses for everyone? If boosters, should it be for all, or select populations? My take.
As a global community, there is no question what we should do – work towards #VaccineEquity, and make sure that every eligible human gets their two doses. Remember, none of us are safe, unless all of us are safe. Cliched, but true.
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#antivaxx efforts now even use #deepfake

to target #refugee, Black, religious minority communities

like measles outbreak in Minnesota in 2019: Wakefield was flown in TO spread #misinformation & #disinformation

Now: online fake accounts/fake identities vs #VaccinesWork
What has #healthcare been doing meanwhile?

#Medbikini: Teach (male Asian) med students to make fake accounts to cyberstalk trainees’ personal Facebook for: bikini
or “being political” or “religious” (#BLM)

➡️“model minority” pipeline for “shadow faculty” vs Blck @ayshakhoury
#Medbikini #research got flak for men vs women

BUT was ALSO fake acct #surveillance vs #BLM like drove out @ayshakhoury @uche_blackstock @nhannahjones

While academia has ignored #vaccineequity
➡️ongoing #pandemic & deaths in marginalized targeted by #antivaxx

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This 👇🏽👇🏿👇🏻 This is why #BLM exists & why “implicit bias” is not only real but it kills

Why, when you see it, say something, do something
The system changes not by sharing tweets & hashtags but actions & consequences & removal of toxicity from the system

Follow #BlackTwitter
Above #MedEd #TikTok improvement: #citeblackwomen who lead this work (not only utilized the savior mindset of Black & brown as victims) #Blackexcellence @citeblackwomen center Black women
Send #SoMe traffic to Black creators & activists. #healthcare…
Take #sharethemic initiative. It allowed #Blackexcellence to speak thru #influencer accounts to large followings for a day. I looked at before/after numbers, it did NOT drive any additional traffic to the actual accounts of those voices. Resurfacing this:
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Remember all those times I said the CDC overcounted the number of Americans who received a vaccine dose? 👀⤵️
March 22: Double counting stemming from jurisdictional data silos 👀⤵️
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#Omicron is the latest reminder that global #VaccineEquity is essential...

No one is protected from COVID-19 until everyone is protected.


(cartoon by @turnercartoons)… Image
The pandemic has laid bare the dangers of having manufacturing capacity for life-saving vaccines concentrated in a few countries where governments have refused to prioritize and mandate sharing intellectual property and technology for rapid diversified and global production.
For over a year, rich countries have been blocking an intellectual property waiver (#TRIPSwaiver) at the World Trade Organization & concentrating vaccine production in the US & Europe.
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Today is #WorldAidsDay2021

Sharing our new review on "Impact of Chronic HIV Infection on SARS-CoV-2 Infection, COVID-19 Disease and Vaccines” by @YYexin. A short thread (1/)…
Despite a number of studies, whether HIV infected individuals are at higher risk of COVID-19 diagnosis, hospitalization, and mortality remains unclear due to variable results found in the population studies, cohort studies, and case series. (2/)
People with chronic HIV infection have distinct immune profiles, such as reduced IFN-I, chronic inflammation, CD4 ⬇️, CD8 exhaustion, poor B cell responses, which impair immune defense against SARS-CoV-2. (Beautiful figure 🎨 by @YYexin) (3/)
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To mark #WorldAIDSDay, #PrinceHarry and @UNAIDS Executive Director @Winnie_Byanyima call on world leaders to learn from the mistakes of the HIV pandemic as the world struggles to stop #COVID19. #VaccinEquity
Join the conversation: How to end the inequality that still cripples the fight against AIDS some 40 years later. #WorldAIDSDay
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"Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world… There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise"

-@DrTedros #WHASpecial
"Those words were written by the French writer Albert Camus in his classic novel La Peste – The Plague – in 1947. 74 years later, they have a disturbing prescience"-@DrTedros #WHASpecial

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Will try and keep everyone posted on the new developments on Omicron , the last thread became too lengthy in a day .But this is the information we had on 25/ 26 Nov. Ctd
Ctd2) I believe that it has become imperative that we immediately start finding whether the combination of Merck's Molnupiravir &Pfizers Antiviral is effective against Omicron?? we have had reports of Molnupiravir dropping efficacy yesterday in full trial.@hjelle_brian ctd)
@hjelle_brian Ctd3) virologists consider that the virus is " stealing " parts of our RNA as @hjelle_brian, to me it seems that these are efforts of virus to get past Interferons which are our defence mechanism .We know that those with Anti Interferon antibodies have bad course #Omicron ctd)
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Long thread 1) There is this fear about the new Botswana/ Nu/ B1.1.159 variant but let's delve into why is this fear?? The 4 cases they found in Botswana were all vaccinated.So what??Breakthrough happens all the time,we underestimate incidence @hjelle_brian ctd)
Ctd2) This variant marked in blue is coming up , so what?? These variants will come and go. Ist it was the Wuhan strain in Grey , then the Beta ( SA strain in Green , then the Delta in Red and now may be the Botswana variant in Blue ( B1.1.529) @MoHFW_INDIA, @mansukhmandviya ctd)
Ctd3) For the virus and also the vaccines ( Pfizer/ Moderna/ AZ) the spike protein is the most important and that is where the maximum risk is . The Delta had 2 changes in spike proteins Receptor Binding Domain, the Beta had 3 while the Nu has 10 , so there is a real risk ctd)
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👩🏾‍🔬Response to the most common question I got today:
The new variant has a lot of mutations, what does this mean in terms of epidemiology & vaccines❓

🧬 short answer: to early to tell‼️

🔬Long, more nuanced answer: whilst having too many mutations, some of which are known to
affect for instance how fast the virus replicates inside our cells or how it interacts with our immune system, it is difficult to say what synergistic effect all those mutations could have when put together, without functional assays coupled with real-world data‼️
Analogy: some vegetables on their own taste quite meh, some combination of those vegetables put together could make an absolutely awful meal, but sometimes you add in a bunch of other ingredients & you get something that’s tolerable‼️
(Can you tell I don’t like vegetables 🙃)
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Take a bow @mvankerkhove ##COVID19's rock star 🎉👏. Incredible wide-reaching analysis of where we are and where we need to be going forward in the pandemic @ISID_org #IMED2021. Some highlights in this thread
Drivers of testing diversity & strategies #COVID19 - I'd add the challenge of a health workforce to contact trace, as well as quarantining and isolating those exposed and those infected in #LMICs, where poverty and overcrowding in households/informal dwellings is so common.
Stressing the importance of public health & social measures (PHSM) and how they reduce as vaccination rates for #COVID19 increase in populations. But @mvankerkhove message at #IMED2021 is "Vaccines, NOT Vaccines ONLY" @ISID_org @ProMED_mail @BorisJohnson
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"Responding to outbreaks tomorrow is about preparing today." #ph260720 #pandemicpreparedness
Do you think the US should invest more funds to preparing for future pandemics? #ph260720 #pandemicpoll
Every time there's been an outbreak around the world, there's been a large investment in trying to mitigate and eliminate these threats. But we need to invest for the future, where we could face something worse. #ph260720 #preparedness
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I’m not going to tell anyone “I told you so.” I’m just going to leave this tweet from July riiiiight here, and hope that someone pays attention to the second part of the tweet— because it’s still in play
These impressive talking points the White House put out today fail to disclose that the U.S. Hispanic & Black populations are *way* younger than the White population. Image
In fact, the same KFF study cited by the White House shows what happens when the total population is factored into the calculation: lower vaccination rates for Black and Hispanic persons as compared to their White counterparts… Image
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 09/08/2021…
An Interview with Zeynep Tufekci about Lessons from the Pandemic and the Crisis of Authority…

#COVID19 #PandemicResponse #authority #consequences #sociology #paywall
Archie Cochrane and the Early Days of Evidence-Based Medicine: Seeing Medicine through the Eyes of Philosophy…

#EvidenceBasedMedicine #philosophy #ArchieCochrane #history
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