1/5: So something I’ve not said but I I think should be said goes like this:

In 2020, the Trump White House unleashed a devastating deliberate antiscience disinformation campaign that cost thousands of American lives. I’ve written about this @PLOSBiology journals.plos.org/plosbiology/ar…
The point being in the past there was a deliberate disinformation campaign. That’s now that’s thankfully gone. So when @DrLeanaWen @ashishkjha @JReinerMD @CarlosdelRio7 @arimoin @VinGuptaMD @PeterHotez we ask for clarification from White House CDC or even if we criticize...
It’s not the same thing. All of us are speaking constantly to colleagues to figure a way out of this pandemic, and we have different perspectives and concerns. There’s no precedent, we’re devastated at the loss of 500,000 Americans who lost their lives.
We wake up at 4-5 AM speak to the American people during the day and night, go to bed late. Not complaining at all but when you hear us on the cable news networks it’s about solving problems. We are beyond devastated. We’ve all been brought to tears on national TV.
And we know our good colleagues at @HHSGov @CDCDirector @CDCgov @NIH @US_FDA @WHOSTP are doing the same. Sorry to be “Captain Obvious” here, but for some reason I felt compelled to spell this out

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5 Mar
1/3 Many thanks ⁦@WillieGeist⁩ ⁦@mikebarnicle⁩ for hosting me ⁦@Morning_Joe⁩ re long haul #covid: problem of enormous magnitude affecting up to 30% survivors. We’re talking as many as 10-30 million Americans with respiratory cardiovascular neurological illness
2/3 Mechanisms of long haul not known, I spoke briefly on @VirusesImmunity @YaleIBIO work on autoantibodies, also studies on microglial cell activation, and @NIH efforts to study and support work in these areas
3/3 and my concerns about Black and Brown or low-income communities not having access to specialty long haul clinics and new therapies. With so many people affected this will change medical practice and training
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28 Feb
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
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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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