1/ This is as close as @DKThomp will get to apologizing to me.

It'll do.

"My thinking on this issue is motivated. I canceled vacations [and] my wedding [and] mostly stayed home. All that sucked. I am rooting (!) for the vaccines."

JOURNALISTS DON'T ROOT.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
2/ He then correctly captures Team Reality:

"No-vaxxers... [have] traveled, eaten in restaurants, gathered with friends inside, gotten COVID-19 or not gotten COVID-19... [and] survived while flouting the advice of the CDC, the WHO, Anthony Fauci, [and] Democratic lawmakers."
3/ "[No-vaxxers]... distrust public-health authorities who they’ve decided are a bunch of phony neurotics... [and] see the vaccines as a risky pharmaceutical experiment... In a nutshell: I trust my own cells more than I trust pharmaceutical goop."
4/ Nice. You're getting it.

Then, @TheAtlantic being The Atlantic, DK goes right back to seeing non-vaxxers as a problem to solve.

And among his solutions? Coercion. "Make it suck more to not be vaccinated."

Yes, based on what you JUST WROTE, that won't backfire at all...

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29 Apr
1/ Attention citizens! Your Dept. Of Pandemia is pleased to provide an updated vaccine Q+A, to lessen any fears you as an uneducated mouth-breather might have.

Q: I heard the vaccines were rushed to market?
A: False. The vaccines have been in development for thousands of years.
2/

Q: Thousands? How is that possible?
A: We are counting from Hippocrates, the father of medicine (GENDER AND SEXISM BIAS ALERT!). No medicine, no vaccines.
Q: Oh. Wasn't he the one who said first do no harm?
A: That's never been proven.
3/

Q: Okay, what about testing of these actual vaccines?
A: They have been tested for thousands of hours.
Q: And you're sure they're safe?
A: Absolutely. The trial revealed no serious side effects, except a few.
Q: How many?
A: It doesn't matter. Covid is way more dangerous.
Read 4 tweets
28 Apr
More personal stories from Dr. Anthony Fauci:

He loves learning.

"I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge."

He cares about details.

"I believe in striving for excellence. I sweat the big and the small stuff!"

And he's not sorry for it.

"I do not apologize for this."
2/ But wait there's more.

He cares about you. And you. And you too.

"My goal is to serve humankind. I have spent all of my professional life in public service."

npr.org/templates/stor…
3/ But along the way he's had some laughs.

"I sat down with the President and in his wonderful way, he said, “I want you to be the NIH Director.” And I said, “Mr. President, with all due respect, I think I can serve you and the country better if I stay where I am..."
Read 4 tweets
27 Apr
1/ Things Dr. Anthony Fauci would like you to know about him:

He's a hard worker.

"I have a lot of responsibilities. I do more things than any one person should do."

"I work very hard. I work until late in the evening, go home, eat, and work some more. I work every weekend."
2/ However, he is also a family man.

"My children grew up having dinner with my wife and I every night even though it was very late."

AND a scholar.

"If I couldn’t choose medicine or science, it would almost certainly be in the arena of teaching, perhaps Latin or English."
3/ Yet he is modest. VERY modest. No one is more modest. Many people are responsible for his greatness.

"It is at the same time a great honor and a humbling experience to be recognized by one’s peers. It serves to remind me that I did not get here in a vacuum."
Read 4 tweets
27 Apr
1/ I’m watching baseball tonight and out of nowhere the announcers start talking about the vaccine, how easy it getting it was, how great it is... and the stadium signage says “Take one for the team. Get vaccinated.” (Not exactly the message I’d send, but I digress.)...
2/ Two tiny tendrils of this overwhelming campaign, not just nationally but internationally coordinated on so many fronts - get vaccinated and fly to Europe or go to college or get free donuts -

And help me out here. I cannot think of another example remotely like this...
3/ Where democratic governments, NGOs, private companies, academia, and the media have massed to dictate an outcome to an obviously reluctant citizenry - but without quite compelling them. I mean, democracies used to draft soldiers, but that basically ended with Vietnam...
Read 5 tweets
25 Apr
1/ Hey, investigative reporters: Okay. You want to write about the vaccines in a quote-unquote responsible way? You want to focus on systemic issues, not individual deaths? You don’t want to be accused of being a blanket anti-vaxxer?

Fine. Here are three stories worth pursuing.
2/ Are the @jnjnews and @AstraZeneca vaccines riskier than the mRNA vaccines? The VAERS and European side effect data suggests so, but in clinical trials they actually had fewer short-term side effects. What’s the truth? And if they ARE more dangerous, why are we using them?
3/ This leads into the second story: the big clinical trials were supposed to be the fail-safe, but they did not pick up a serious problem with the JNJ and AZ vaccines (or did they and did regulators ignore it?) Should we concerned they missed other signals? How will they know?
Read 5 tweets
24 Apr
1/ Stunningly, this does not seem to be true for the age of participants. I looked again at the FDA and EMA books and the NEJM paper for the @pfizer vaccine and couldn’t find a detailed breakdown. (If I missed it I’m sure someone will tell me.)

However, there are some clues...
2/ The FDA book splits the participants into broad categories. 23,300 of the participants, or 57% were in the 18-55 group. However, the median age in the trial was 51, so about 2,200 participants were aged 51-55.

Further, the mean - or arithmetic average - age was 50.3...
3/ So participants were very evenly split on either side of the median. But only 8,600 subjects were 65 or over, and 1,700 75 and over.

Thus a reasonable estimate for the number of TOTAL subjects under 40 is about 10,000-12,000. For under 30, the number is likely 3,000-4,000...
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