I would say that society is at fault. The government was not behind Jenny McCarthy, Oprah, Dr. Oz, etc.
#vaccine #VaccinesSaveLives #VaccinesWork #MedTwitter #ScienceTwitter
What the government DID do wrong: “#security” & espionage via vaccines Frankenstein monster unleashed on Muslims

If the US government does do things like this it’s not a “#conspiracy

...all while what led to #CapitolRiots was brewing 🤦🏻‍♀️


If Prius-driving Whole Foods-consuming suburbanites would STOP #misinformation #disinformation to #trauma ridden #refugee populations


the jobs of minority & Muslim doctors would not be so hard

This is lack of *societal* control
of the most privileged
who HARM
Experience of past #trauma makes people vulnerable to #conspiracy

On top of that if the government has ABUSED access to #publichealth for espionage

then, no, the government cannot possibly offer the answer
Trust broken

#MedTwitter #COVID19 #vaccine

I literally volunteer my time making #SciComm #vaccine #education videos in multiple languages to COUNTER government harm WHILE as a Muslim I do not feel safe in my own country.

(Meanwhile university & hospital paid #SciComm market for hospital profit, not #minorityhealth)
@PeterHotez I trained at @TexasChildrens @bcmhouston did the Feigin elective & peds ID rotation prior as a med student from #Pakistan

I respect your #science #COVID19 knowledge

on minority issues in TX/U.S. & government

at times you are out of touch
government is NOT all good
I do my best to try to make my government more trustworthy:

working in #Medicaid
volunteering as trusted outreach to on #communityhealth #education 4 gov’t
+ protesting

COMMUNITIES, not gov’t mandates to coerce or silence, get this work done

Give credit to communities
community of biggest #COVID19 #vaccine challenge

is religious
protected by 1st amendment on religion
+ freedom of speech

The godian knot of #healthcare #policy to untangle

how to address this without violating the #Constitution or harming BIPOC?

This religious community’s #health leaders populated Trump administration’s #health advisers

They WERE government
yet failed to convince “their own” on #vaccine (tweets see above)

#Community #leadership failure, not government failure


These are not my words
= headline from @ForeignPolicy to describe doctors in government trusted with #SciComm #communication on #publichealth during #COVID19 #pandemic

Doctors NOT holding Wakefield to standards is origin of #anti-vaxx

I tweet a lot on #professionalism #communication #SciComm

Why is it that the doctor community does NOT hold some peers to standards

while we allow the government to terrorize & harass minority (here, Muslim) physicians getting #vaccine into arms?

Silencing only one part of American society harms, especially in #COVID19 #pandemic

anti-vaxx outcomes = failure to hold accountable those w/ MOST power & privilege in society

while criminalization of minorities doing necessary outreach


Another comparison

If we had had 1/10th this level of suspicion or scrutiny of Andrew Wakefield who came from an “elite” medical family of UK
->prevent his fraud

He violated almost every #ethics standard of medicine

@PeterHotez double standards are our problem

It’s really not hard - despite tortured narratives crafted post hoc


stops fraudsters, quacks, abusers very early on

Btw:Co-authors? stayed silent?

the most vulnerable
they are the first to be abused

If you see behaviors & actions
that do not meet #ethics standards

then claims to be “persecuted” or “harassed” as Wakefield did

where allegations of harm are from children, elderly, BIPOC, women, LGBTQ, disabled

Red flag
Look for abuse
Take it from a #pediatrician
My job 👇
@PeterHotez please take your existing outreach within the #science community #SciComm

expand it to be inclusive/effective in communities harmed by gov’t

government cannot fix #accountability of #AcademicTwitter #MedTwitter or system level medical racism

“relating to the government or the public affairs of a country”

Science has always been political

Maintain #science standards & #ethics regardless of politicians’ pressure

SELF regulate better

As for the inside of academia if we could spend more time learning and collaborating

rather than politics, backstabbing - have common ethics when faced with political pressures

Gossip fails as “control”:

#AcademicTwitter #MedTwitter #AcademicChatter

Instead of “scholars use gossip to warn others of wrongdoers”

That is ripe for abuse

GUARANTEED that Wakefield
from a respected doctor family: protected

#AcademicTwitter needs to start to have a culture of #accountability TO prevent next Wakefield & be pro-science
All the #COVID19 #pandemic results we have, #vaccine distrust, #mortality are a direct, predictable outcomes of how the system built & operated

When #academia & #science clean up own house, then will have the beneficial effect on society (via government) should have
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14 Apr
In light of the Boston police Union leader child abuse, this is very plausible, even probable. I have 2x, on behalf of someone else, reported, via Title IX - the woman or gay man was not feeling safe enuf to report. Yes, there is blowback when one reports. But we can’t be silent.
I am a mandated reporter as a #pediatrician. I *must* report for my patients or face legal consequences. Am same for staff, students, trainees. But in #EmergencyMedicine who do I call if a child may be unsafe at home? Sometimes, cops. Are cops safe?

I have seen #mentalhealth and entire life paths destroyed by abusers preying on children like: This happened to too many people I know. I have seen institutions intimidate, mislabel, bury stories of the victims. (Some predators wait until 18th birthday.)

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This is why I am outspoken when #MedEd or #Education faculty and/or administration and/or HR falsely label a POC, BIPOC, WOC.

People end up dead.

Verify identity and do not spread rumors, innuendo, threats. Refer cases to appropriate authorities or #ethics committees.
Am learning about social network analysis.

As an American Muslim I have always been looked at with suspicion or been under surveillance.

Once I looked at how closely connected some faculty or healthcare ppl are to QAnon posts (or believe it selves) 😱

During the Trump administration, well before the #CapitolAttack, many minorities were experiencing increasing workplace #harassment & #bullying, especially for simply speaking (up). Just seeking accurate data for patients can = “threat” #MedTwitter

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14 Apr
Had a fun time talking about #leadership in #STEM (at any stage of career), #BlackExcellence #WomenInSTEM #DEI #DiversityandInclusion to a range of students and faculty at @tennesseetech. Thanks for the invitation @JosephCSlater. Look forward to building further on this.
Talked about ways to take on community level leadership roles to develop skills in acquiring funding, managing a budget, team building, managing people, executing.

Know what you are good at and balance the rest with your team. Don’t try to be it all.
Particularly on #Twitter, being overt about terms like #bias or #BLM or #racism can result in blowback. That does not mean what you said was wrong rather others may have insecurity or have work to do. Manage your energy as an advocate. Avoid burnout.

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13 Apr
Addressing #stigma: If you are my friend or colleague, regardless of gender, you get to know my ovaries whether you want to or not. I’m a woman with #endometriosis & #fibroid #menstrualhealth pain. Instead of seeming “flaky” I will tell you my #womenshealth reason I must cancel.
This is also a generational thing. Boomers and some GenX were “I am as tough as a guy... ovaries.. what ovaries?”

Me: “I have ovaries. They are complicated suckers. We’ll have to work around them.”

#endometriosis #fibroid #womenshealth #menstrualhealth

One of the things that made me 🥰is when a MAN reached out to me, because I tweet on this, for his female significant other to ask if I had resources to help her

If you hear of me being “anti-woman” I am anti-#professionalism (women) who suppress open uncomfortable communication
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I fired several guns recently, at a gun range. Many guns have safeties too. I don't know how things work for the police in terms of the gun safety and such, but the actual muscle memory and actions needed to use a taser versus a gun are quite different.
I fired those guns for a few reasons
1-when I get targeted (#cyberstalking) by potentially QAnon affiliated "militia" types, I am not going to show fear
2-maybe if they see a Muslim firing machine guns they'll support gun control. 🤣
3-to tweet this. 😁 =having street cred
Some guns I fired:
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13 Apr
Been busy unsubscribing from emails & deleting hundreds of emails at a time.

The loss of my mail icon on my iPhone (still have not found it but have a new way to access it) has made me realize (since I was forgetting to check my mail without the visual cue) the overwhelm in it.
I am really good at skimming a lot of stuff and going right to the thing of use. I'd been tolerating SO much spam and with the various moves, not everything is quite as relevant. Being a journalist personality, I still remain curious - what is the @nypl doing, for instance?
With #pandemic, everything is virtual and accessible without being physically present in #NYC. I *might* "go" and wanted to have the option or the easy access so had not thought to unsubscribe. But wow is my inbox CROWDED.

Perhaps I will get under 100,000 unread emails soon.
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