1/3 USG health misinformation advisory. Good intentions, maybe some modest impact but inadequate. If they had done this 5-10 years ago maybe? But back then all I got from Dept HHS "Peter, we're not calling attention to this, it will just give it oxygen"
2/3 Currently, the advisory reflects a tone deafness or lack of situational awareness regarding the depth and breadth of an antiscience empire that was allowed to build and monetize the internet over the last decade from NGOs, news outlets, Russian Govt
3/3 I've called on the White House to form an interagency task force that includes Depts Homeland Security, State, Commerce, Justice, and HHS, and recognize that the threat of the antiscience empire is as grave as global terrorism, cyberattacks, nuclear proliferation.
The current approach is like proposing to build the Maginot Line between France and Germany, but after the invasion was well underway through Belgium and we've already fought at Ypres, Verdun, and Somme
Here's my January @PLOSBiology article "deconstructing anti-science would require an interagency govt task force, which might include representation from the major DHHS agencies, but also the Departments of Justice, State, Commerce, and Homeland Security." journals.plos.org/plosbiology/ar…

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15 Jul
Many thanks ⁦@chrislhayes⁩ for hosting me ⁦@allinwithchris⁩ with ⁦@RepLamar⁩ I explained health consequences of low vaccination in a state like TN where only 20% of adolescents vaccinated and low numbers young adults. In addition to failing to stop the virus….
I’m worried about the effects of long Covid and findings such as these in @JAMA_current where 26% young adults suffer from this.. jamanetwork.com/journals/jaman…
What about unvaccinated adolescents? We don’t know but an article just out in @nature says 5-10% or even much higher. nature.com/articles/d4158…
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13 Jul
"Scarlet Letter L" fueled by COVID vaccine defiance + delta variant taking shape across conservative strongholds in the South. It began in Missouri, descended into Arkansas Louisiana and is now reaching East across the Gulf Coast states of Mississippi, Alabama, North Florida
With some exceptions, starting this summer almost no one in the US has to be hospitalized from COVID-19 or lose their life from SARS-2 coronavirus. By now almost all (>90-95%) of the hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in America are by choice. That is the reality.
And the bad guys in this are not the victims of COVID-19. The bad guys = members of the US Congress who sought to discredit vaccines this past weekend, and the cable news outlets, weaponizing health communication and falsely claiming vaccines = political instruments of control.
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12 Jul
Many thanks ⁦@ErinBurnett⁩ for hosting me ⁦@OutFrontCNN⁩ I explained why a 3rd immunization of mRNA vaccines may eventually be needed to protect against new variants, although not necessarily the delta variant. But there was one surprise tonight…
I was surprised there was no comment on individuals receiving immunosuppressive therapy for solid organ transplants, or BMT, CAR-T etc. There is some evidence of added benefit for a third immunization to increase virus neutralizing antibodies and expand seroconversion
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11 Jul
Many thanks ⁦@Christi_Paul⁩ for hosting me ⁦@NewDay⁩ Sunday, as we watch the delta variant spread from Missouri and Arkansas into the Deep South where vaccination coverage is low. We’re going to lots of hospitalizations and long-haul COVID19 in the coming weeks
Regarding long haul COVID19 or PASC I’ve been flagging this @medrxivpreprint from @UniofOxford looking at grey matter brain 🧠 degenerative disease following COVID19 affecting some areas that resemble cognitive decline in aging or even Alzheimer’s medrxiv.org/content/10.110…
Remember, COVID19 PASC is not rare, up to 10-30% of recovering Covid patients. We’re learning that the SARS-2 coronavirus is a neurotropic virus. So when those seeking to downplay Covid quote low mortality rates among young people, I say, hey that’s just the tip of the iceberg
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10 Jul
This is just beginning in the US, starting with the state of Missouri. But if the US goes the same direction as Europe, many unvaccinated people in the US South (and elsewhere where vaccination coverage is low) should expect to become infected with delta COVID19 in the coming wks
I mean, what about this makes the far right in America 🇺🇸 think this will go well here? What do they think is going to happen this summer in low vaccine coverage areas of the South?
Making my "wish list" now of specific individuals I would like to meet in person and plead with them to get behind vaccinating the South, Mountain West and other vulnerable areas of the country asap....here goes:
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