Thank you again to ⁦@LisaGray_HouTX⁩ for the amazing “Peter Hotez’s Fight” ⁦@HoustonChron⁩ article in today’s Sunday print ed. Reports on my decade-long battle with antivaccine antiscience groups. In 2020 they expanded from Texas to become a global antiscience empire Image
The antiscience empire: 1) “health freedom” movement that accelerated in Texas in 2015 as a PAC, 2) expansion through QAnon other extremist groups in Western Europe, 3) national antivaccine orgs, 4) health wellness industry funding, 5) Putin led Russian Govt health disinformation
Many of these activities specifically target high profile scientists. I get to be the “OG Villain” designated by RFK Jr. This amplified in 2020 when I also worked to dismember the White House CoV Task Force program of disinformation that began last Feb-March, a year ago actually
I also really appreciate @LisaGray_HouTX interviewing @AnnHotez and making her an integral part. She gave me courage to dismember deconstruct the White House disinformation campaign in 2020. Esp early on when I was out in front doing this solo. And big thanks @stevegonzaleshc Image

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28 Feb
As reported @TheHill I’ve been doing zoom calls every week with @EricTopol + a few others (note to follow). In addition to being one of the smartest physician-scientists I know, turns out he’s kind, caring, compassionate, a great guy. If I were starting over I would work for him
Along those lines it was @mtosterholm who introduced me, who just blows me away with his ability to combine epidemiology with policy, and weave it into a narrative. He started our calls last year.
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to name the others in our group due to confidentiality. Other than to say it’s not a men’s club. We speak each week to 3 extraordinary women physician scientists with years of Govt experience + profound depth of knowledge wisdom. A highlight of my wk
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27 Feb
So absolutely. I would go on @BET in a heartbeat if invited. In fact once we saw our our results in @socscimed on high vaccine hesitancy in Black community, I’ve accepted every invitation to go on radio programs that reach Black communities. Have done 6 or 7 since January
I’m 2020 @AnnHotez said to me (paraphrasing) this is why you got your MD and PhD to use your knowledge to help people. You don’t want to wake up one morning and realize you could have done more to save lives. And that’s why...
When I saw the antiscience disinformation campaign coming out of the White House in 2020 (I was among the first to see it coming based on my experiences going up against antivaxxers for years) I attacked it and tore it apart.
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25 Feb
1/3: Many thanks ⁦@KatyTurNBC⁩ for hosting me ⁦@KatyOnMSNBC⁩ with ⁦@ZekeEmanuel⁩ ⁦@PhilipRucker⁩ sharing our concerns about the variants of concern in NY FL CA and the urgency to accelerate our national COVID19 vaccination program.
2/3: we agree it’s disappointing not having J&J doses available now as promised by OpWarpSpeed, so in lieu of that, do we have options. Both Zeke and Mike Osterholm favor delaying 2nd immunizations for the mRNA vaccines and I understand and appreciate their arguments.
3/3: But I’m less enthusiastic, we don’t have data on neutralizing antibodies for single dose immunizations vs the VOCs and the Scottish study mentioned shows inferiority: 2 dose 88% vs 1 dose 57% in older; 85% vs 72% in younger. I prefer to see AZOx out sooner under an EUA
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24 Feb
Many thanks ⁦@KatyTurNBC⁩ ⁦@KatyOnMSNBC⁩ for hosting me with ⁦@carolelee⁩ ⁦@ashishkjha⁩ we spoke about some exciting new on J&J vaccine, likely to be released soon through FDA EUA, although only 3 million doses so far.
A few things: we need to move quickly ahead of the SGTF variants, so having additional doses is a big plus, given we’ll need about 0.5 billion immunizations to fully vaccinate the US population
Also looking at phase 1-2 data, my guess is giving a second dose will give protective immunity equivalent to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech and more durable protection, so don’t be too surprised if a 2nd dose is recommended down the line
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24 Feb
It’s incredible how, not only have I needed to defend scientists these last 14 months, but also science journalists. The assault on science in America in 2020-21 has been unprecedented. My defending science/scientists a new side occupation for me. Links to papers in attached link
In America, much of this coming from two areas:
1) Political extremism on the far right, rising out of Texas where I live and work, of late linking to QAnon and other craziness.
2) Predatory or weaponized health communication from the Putin-led Russian Government.
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22 Feb
1/10: Today we are commemorating the loss of 500,000 American lives from #COVID19. Looking forward to the remarks by the POTUS later on today or tonight. How did we get to this awful place?
2/10: From my perspective there are 4 major factors:
1) Unique aspects of SARS CoV2 and COVID19
2) Missed opportunities in our national response
3) Insistence in 2020 to have the states lead
4) White House anti-science disinformation campaign
3/10: Regarding the unique aspect of the virus, for me it was the "Janus Face" of the SARS-2 coronavirus and its ability to replicate in high numbers in mouth, nose, throat. It meant there were 2 groups of individuals: asymptomatic spreaders, and those becoming very sick.
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