1/4: Many thanks ⁦@NicolleDWallace⁩ for hosting me today ⁦@DeadlineWH⁩ with ⁦@MaraGay⁩ ⁦@DavidJollyFL⁩ speaking on sharp declines in life expectancy from #covid especially in Black and Brown communities, I pointed that life expectancy numbers = averages
2/4: but that my read between the lines is that it means losing a generation of African American and Hispanic moms and dads in their 40s 50s 60s parents of teenagers or young adults, young grandparents. I called this “historic decimation”
3/4: I also very much appreciated @MaraGay comments on the stark reality that every African American adult knows someone who has suffered or lost their life from #COVID19. Last year I predicted this and said COVID will go from a public health to homeland security crisis from this
4/4: Lastly thanks to @NicolleDWallace for asking me about my family after 3 days in the freezing cold, no power, no water here in Texas. It was particularly challenging with my adult special needs daughter, but now power just returned 2 hours ago

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20 Feb
Many thanks ⁦@kendisgibson⁩ ⁦@LindseyReiser⁩ for hosting me ⁦@MSNBCweekends⁩: Due to our power disruptions, Texas has now fallen to the bottom of % population vaccinated according to NYT Tracker. We need to make up for lost time to get ahead of B.1.1.7 variant Image
I certainly share POTUS statement that we can get to normalcy by end of 2021, actually I’m even more optimistic, I think by August-Sept if the stars ⭐️ align. The issue is this: the American lives lost between now and then. Maybe a range between 0.5 million to up to 1 million?
The former number is what happens if we get ahead of the variant and move us up quickly to 3 million immunizations per day. The more devastating number is what happens if we screw around and don’t pick up the pace
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16 Feb
Not sure how many times we can revisit this, but this is the last of it from my side: 1. I receive no funding from industry or vaccine manufacturers, either personal or institutional. 2. Bill Gates does not give me his money (although that would be nice). Additional info below:
1. Our only link with industry is German Merck KgaA (totally different from the American Merck & Co, the vaccine manufacturer, they were permanently separated due to WWI) graciously helps us improve production yields for our schistosomiasis vaccine for poorest people in Africa
2. With Gates, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation previously funded our human hookworm vaccine, but no longer. That program continues through NIAID NIH support
Read 5 tweets
15 Feb
Many thanks ⁦@wolfblitzer⁩ for hosting me on ⁦@CNNSitRoom⁩ re: the good news is that we’re on a path to fully vaccinate the US adult population by late summer or fall, but uncertainty on how we navigate through March April May with B.1.1.7 from the UK on the rise
Also discussed the spike gene target failure (SGTF) variants: the current OpWarpSpeed vaccines should be fine for UK now accelerating in US, but all of the vaccine developers including us are shaping modifications to address the ZA variant
I’m especially worried for the African continent which so far seems to have weathered COVID19 better than expected until possibly now. I’m concerned that ZA variant could become all consuming and precipitate a global health crisis.
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11 Feb
Despite the unfortunate title, let me state emphatically, the scientists stand with the teachers. There’s no daylight between us. We are scientists in part because of our K-12 teachers. There’s no choice, our teachers/staff should be vaccinated, we must. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
We have opportunities to mobilize more vaccines, we should take advantage of this
With the variants coming, really important to vaccinate the teachers and staff, we should be able to do this quickly
Read 7 tweets
11 Feb
Oh wow, both RFK Jr and HighWire? 2 of my lead tormentors who try to incite violence against me and my family. The former publicly declared me the “OG Villain” last year on Instagram. The first time that FB/Instagram has taken a step towards dismantling the antiscience empire
A major reason they hate me so much is because I wrote “the book” which debunks their phony assertions about vaccines and autism and eats into their disinformation empire jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/vaccines…
Hopefully this is only the beginning, and FB/Instagram and Twitter will now undertake a more substantive effort to dismantle the Antiscience disinformation empire. It’s our best chance to slow vaccine hesitancy and refusal, especially around #COVID19 immunizations.
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9 Feb
Don’t believe it: I promise you the 10 leading antivaccine Antiscience hate groups who target me, family, will still be operating as usual. FB, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram do the least possible, while creating an illusion of corporate social responsibility forbes.com/sites/rachelsa…
I can also promise: in a single high level zoom call with the leaders of FB, Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, immediately followed by 10 clicks for each organization, I can de-monetize and cripple the antivaccine and Antiscience movement in America
And they already know this
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