So there are some ghouls on Twitter crowing that "other" states are seeing increases in #COVID19 cases this week, some substantial. The implication is look how good we're doing, compared to those "other" states. 1/
It doesn't matter who is doing it. We should not be heralding the deaths of fellow Americans as if this is some contest. 2/
Some aspects of what has happened are predictable, some are not, but to look at the differences in COVID19 rates right now and use it as a political cudgel to undermine our national response, sound public health practice is gruesome. 3/
Early on people criticized governors for slow responses, often these were "red" states, and the criticisms were coming from the "blue." But no one then framed it as "ha-ha-look-at-you-now"; it was meant out of concern for others, fear for the lives of people in these states. 4/
What would it mean to say, we're all in this together? We are one country, e pluribus unum. To say that the suffering of anyone anywhere was my concern, that we need to address the risk of disease, the social/economic impact of #COVID19 across the US? 5/
We're not out of the woods. But unless we get our act together, we're going to drag this nightmare out as we squabble for political advantage rather than joining hands to help each other survive. 6/
Right now, the cases in New Haven County, CT & Miami-Dade County, FL are around 41/100,000. I hope for the best for everyone. And that means following best public health practice, pitching in where you can to help. If you have a problem with this, I have a problem with you. end/

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22 Mar
I am sympathetic to this case & know some of the authors here, but frankly people from around the world have been saying this for months now. It's largely been coming from the global South, not asking for handouts but transfer of know-how. Great to have these people on board. 1/
But let's not obscure the fact the delays in American leaders speaking out like this has cost lives. We could have had a global plan for scale-up, not a solely domestic one from the start. 2/
Now let's get down to business. @POTUS needs to tell the companies that the USG will underwrite tech transfer, scale-up of production, mobilization of precursor commodities and chemicals, now, today, not this summer. 3/
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20 Mar
.@GovRonDeSantis is a @Yale and @Harvard grad. He knows exactly what he's doing in embracing quackery & pseudo-science. It is a calculated, cynical, political move. 1/
It's an embrace of anti-scientific thinking because he thinks this is the way to power. This is his only rationale, his only desire. 2/
This man is dangerous. He would do anything to advance his career. He belongs no where near the Florida Governor's mansion, let alone the White House. He is emerging as a worse, even more scary version of Trump. 3/
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No @GovRonDeSantis. You got lucky. And now you're dancing on the graves of the dead. Why don't you go visit the relatives of the 32,000 dead in your state? Those among the 2M infected who will live with long-term effects of #COVID19. 1/
You miserable fuck. Never let a crisis go to waste. You see a way to profiteer from the pandemic for your political future and you're all in. 2/
Sound public health measures still apply. Widen out the lens & you'll see overall, some countries went all-in w/ containing #COVID19 in Oceania/East Asia, while many in the Western Hemisphere & Europe couldn't get it together to do that. Result? They fared better than we did. 3/
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.@adamcancryn: it's not just about opioids. It's about Exondys 51, Avandia, Plan B, and much much more. Woodcock is a classic case of regulatory capture. We deserve better. via @politico
Pharma & the patient groups on their payroll think the FDA is "theirs," with speedy approval the main goal, not the public health. They think this is "their pick," it's their sandbox. It's time for a change. Not someone who has been part of the biggest missteps in recent history.
Four cancer drugs had their indications voluntarily withdrawn over past few months. FDA is meeting to discuss further withdrawals due to lack of clinical evidence. They're feeling the heat, but what we're seeing is tip of the iceberg. Patients need access AND answers.
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.@jweirdo once again describes what I think better than I can. This is what writers do. Read this on the murders in Atlanta:
"Let's not call the murderer a 'sex addict." 1/
"That blames sex and hides behind addiction." 2/
"In America, if you're white, addiction's a disease, and you get treatment. If you're not, it's a choice, and you get incarcerated." 3/
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You know what this DOESN'T do @GovNedLamont? Address the problems in getting to people who for various reasons will be at the end of the line no matter their age. You don't reach under-served populations by flinging open the gates to eligibility. @JoshGeballe @PMounds. 1/
What is the plan to get vaccines to under-served communities in this state? Step-by-step. Perhaps I've missed it. Then tweet it with as much fanfare as you are now with age eligibility widening. 2/
And show us the data. How many doses have reached under-served communities in the state? Breakdown your vaccination numbers and publicize them by demographics and geography now, and again, make them visible to all. 3/
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