“The practical consequence of removing the sequences.. is that no one knew they existed prior to now, and they were not in the databases used.. for the joint WHO-China report” - ⁦@jbloom_lab

Thanks ⁦@alisonannyoung⁩ for this piece. 🏆 usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
The @WHO spokesperson told @alisonannyoung “We are aware of this report and, as we repeatedly asked, we hope that all data on early cases will be made available.”

I can’t handle any more of this. We should not be tasking WHO with investigating #OriginsOfCovid They have no power.
We have entered a futile cycle of asking @WHO to investigate one of their most powerful members, WHO sending experts (some with immense COIs) to China, who have no leverage (or even mandate) to investigate all plausible hypotheses, 🌎 being horrified by the work, rinse & repeat.
The last time WHO sent in independent experts, they brought us #PopsicleOrigins

The world had to listen to absolute c**p about a pandemic originating from a frozen meat.

Please stop.
Just in case your memory has faded…
We are not sponsoring a Round 2 of this:
It would be better if the powers that be just took the $$$$ they would’ve spent on a phase II China-WHO joint study and turned that into a reward 💰 for whoever comes up with the best evidence for the #OriginsOfCovid before the US intelligence report is released.
If you just want a team that accepts everything they’re told by China, we can do that remotely for free.

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More from @Ayjchan

22 Jun
1. Wuhan University deleted SARS2 data relating to early cases
2. @jbloom_lab recovered the data
3. Identified virus sequences that could precede the official "first" SARS2 sequence from China
4. Analysis suggests SARS2 was circulating in Wuhan before Huanan seafood market
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22 Jun
WIV "researchers signed pledges to protect confidential information.. don’t mean [WIV] has anything to do with the virus’s origin, or.. there’s anything nefarious about its classified projects.. US also conducts classified.. research"
h/t @alisonannyoung
@alisonannyoung "In 2019 in the US alone, 219 accidental releases of “select agents” — deadly viruses or toxins — and 13 lost samples were recorded by U.S. regulators."

That's >4 accidental releases a week in the US in 2019, not including accidents involving non-select agent pathogens.
@alisonannyoung What this report by @evadou tells us is that it's very difficult to know what classified projects are underway in labs around the world; personnel are trained not to disclose. Not every research project is published online or in papers or even in theses.
Read 5 tweets
22 Jun
On Singapore’s recent delta variant covid cluster: “The cluster’s index case, Case 62873, is an 88-year-old cleaner who worked at Changi Airport Terminal 3. He tested positive on May 5 despite being fully vaccinated.”
Another delta cluster in Singapore at a hospital: “A fully vaccinated 46-year-old female nurse at TTSH, or case 62541, became the first case linked to the cluster after she tested positive on Apr 27.”
“In the Delta variant clusters, Prof Leo has seen vaccinated cases with family members who have tested positive. This means it could still be possible for vaccinated people to spread the virus.”
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22 Jun
Peter Daszak has expanded on his disclosure statements for three pieces relating to COVID-19 that he co-authored or contributed to in @TheLancet
2 little 2 late
"other co-authors also have direct ties to the group that were not disclosed as conflicts of interest.. members of the Board of Directors of EcoHealth Alliance.. Executive Vice President for Health and Policy.. Science and Policy Advisor."
Will we also hear now about Daszak's conflicts of interest wrt to the China-WHO joint study?
Read 12 tweets
21 Jun
This is a good breakdown of the Delta variant and what we know about it.

Yes, it can re-infect people who've had Covid-19, but it's less severe in vaccinated people. Problem is when vaccinated people give the Delta to unvaccinated friends and family.
That's the reason why Delta is particularly problematic for towns or cities where the vaccination rate is low. If only half your neighbors have been vaccinated, then you're all still vulnerable to an outbreak of the Delta with severe outcomes.
I know there's a lot of fear of vaccines. I have family who don't want to get vaccinated because they hope the virus will disappear or become attenuated with time.

We are literally seeing that that is not happening. This virus is not disappearing. New variants are emerging.
Read 10 tweets
21 Jun
Haha, I recorded this with Jonathan @NewLiberalsPod a couple weeks ago before a single quote on @NBCNews was spiralled out of context to suggest that I would be silenced by politics.

Might be the last podcast or video interview I do for a long time!
Yesterday, I listened to this recent episode from @NewLiberalsPod on resolving conflict and thought it was incredibly relevant to situations I had fallen into over the past year.
The no. 1 advice I was given after the massive media misunderstanding was to go into hiding, get off twitter & stop talking to media.

But I’m glad that I “leaned into” the conflict to get the story corrected. Otherwise I would still be getting 🔥 today.
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