The @WhiteHouse #COVID19 presser now...U.S. giving #India 60M doses @AstraZeneca vaccines. U.S. "really hopeful decline" of 7% in new cases compared to last week. If you are vax'ed says @CDCDirector you can
- no masks in sml outdoor gatherings
- see below
Fauci is now discussing variants vs vaccines
what works?
P.1 Brazil variant
California and NY variants -- data is only in lab studies, some reduction in efficacy but not severe. India variant -- again, test tube studies, does seem to respond to vaccines.
and @CDCDirector says 80-90% of #COVID19 transmission is indoors, not outdoors.
Emphasizing 2 points: No-mask outside is for fully vaccinated people, only. AND not relevant to crowded venues like packed sports or entertainment events.

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26 Apr
OK, Santorum, derivations of these words, please:
Minnesota (mni-sota)
Dakota (a Sioux nation)
Michigan (mishigami)
Chicago (Shikaakwa)
Erie (an Iroquoian nation)
Takoma (*təqʷúməʔ)
Cheyenne (a Plains nation)
Mississippi (Ojibwe misiziibi)
Oklahoma (okla homa)
Wyoming (xwé:wamənk)
Alabama (Alibamu)
Missouri (the Missouri nation)
Indiana (Algonquin for "Indian land")
Alaska (alaxsxaq)
Arizona (ali ṣona-g)
Kansas (kką:ze)
Miami (the Mayaimi nation)
Idaho (ídaahę́)
Iowa (ayuxwe)
Massachusetts (Massachusêuck)
Nebraska (ñįbraske)
New Mexico (Mēxihco)
Ohio (ohi:yo’)
Tennessee (Tanasi)
Texas (táyshaʔ)
Utah (yúdah)
Illinois (ilenweewa)
Potomac River (Patawomeck)
Topeka (dóppikʔe)
Housatonic River (usi-a-di-en-uk)
Manhattan (man-ǎ-hǎ-tonh)
Witchita (a Plains nation)
Milwaukee (millioke)
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26 Apr
OK, to all those trashing my tweet on the national downturn in new cases & relationship to #COVID19 #vaccines, let's do the numbers. Drawing from @CDCgov & @CovidTracker data, for key States, compare high daily cases in latest surge, latest tally & vax rates per 100K pop.
2/This is doses admin'ed, so majority are 1-dose/persn.
Reported 1,084 new cases on April 13, down to 906 on 4/24 -- a 16% drop.
And it's latest vax rate is 74,859:100K, which is above average.
46% of adults have had 1 or both doses vax.
3/Few States have vax rates as high as MD.
New cases 4/13 = 10,083. 4/24 = 5,052
48% drop
Vax rate = 67,787/100K
41.2% adults have had 1 or 2 doses
3/25 = 2,485 cases; 4/24 = 2241 -- a 9% drop
Vax rate 72,865/100K; 46.8% adults at least 1 dose
Read 10 tweets
8 Apr
The National Intelligence Council NIC released its 2040 forecast, which will guide #Biden Admin. It begins noting how radically #COVI19 has shaken the world:
"Are the disruptions temporary or could the pandemic unleash new forces to shape the future?"
2/ "Much like the terrorist attacks of 11 Sept 2001, the #COVID19 #pandemic is likely to produce some changes that will be felt for years & change the way we live, work, & govern domestically & internationally. How great these will be, however, is very much in question."
3/ The NIC 2040 forecasts 5 scenarios for the world's future.
In Scenario 1 democracy enjoys a revival all over the world, as #COVID19 shows that dictatorships & populist leaders fail their people in combatting the virus & #ClimateChange .
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6 Apr
Let's take another look at the excitement many feel about an mRNA-based #HIV #vaccine and be clear about what is real, and what is hope.
In a monkey model, challenged with a simian version of HIV, the animals are protected against infection.
2/ Researchers @IAVI & @scrippsresearch tested an mRNA HIV vaccine in Phase 1 trial -- 97% of recipient people made antibodies against HIV.
3/ There has been promise before with HIV vaccines --- only to fail in larger human trials. So caution...
But @moderna_tx is working on a mRNA HIV vaccine that has engendered some enthusiasm.
Read 4 tweets
22 Mar
The @AstraZeneca company had to conduct new Phase 3 trials to garner possible approval from @US_FDA & results are just out, via press release:

- "79% #vaccine efficacy at preventing symptomatic #COVID19
- 100% efficacy against severe disease & hospit."
@AstraZeneca says there were no racial or ethnic diffs in #vaccine response (but 79% of test subjs were Caucasian)
"The vaccine was well safety increased risk of thrombosis or events characterised by thrombosis among the 21,583 participants" MORE
"The #vaccine can be stored, transported and handled at normal refrigerated conditions (2-8 degrees Celsius or 36-46 degrees Fahrenheit) for at least six months and administered without the need for preparation within existing healthcare settings."
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15 Mar
It's the worst dust storm in Asia in at least a decade.
PM 2.5: Beijing measured 655 micrograms/meter cubed today. @WHO says >25 PM2.5 is unsafe.
From Mongolia, the sandstorm gradually moved southward.…
The conditions for dust storms (drought, destruction of ground cover & trees, very high winds) are linked to #ClimateChange and human destruction of the environment. MORE…
Mongolia, in particular, has seen a steady increase over the last 20 years in both the frequency and severity of massive dust storms, blanketing much of northern China before ending up over the Pacific Ocean.
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