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Two Americas:

One blindly following “The ScienceTM” down whatever disastrous path it dictates.

Another that allows its people to choose—and yields FAR better results.

Even in vaccinations, where it matters—with the elderly—red and blue states are EQUAL

h/t @ifihadastick
2/
In what, under normal circumstances would be flagrant gas-lighting, but which is now just par for the course, it was suggested that lower vaccination rates were leaving red states behind in the economic recovery. The exact opposite is true.
3/
Interestingly, even looking at vaccination rates in the elderly, and excess deaths in the elderly from weeks 13 – 24 (after most U.S. elderly were vaccinated), there is no correlation between higher rates of vaccinated, and lower % Excess deaths.
4/
This does NOT mean that the vaccines aren't valuable. It means that we're vaccinating so many people the signal is getting lost. This disease is extremely selective in whom it targets. Vaccinating beyond that group does not appear to make a difference.
5/
Looking at the overall population vaccination rates, the signal is even weaker. So why are we continuing to push a “vax everyone” approach when countries with higher vax rates than us are seeing larger case rises, and poorer countries so desperately need the vaccines?
7/
To the extent we continue to push vaxes, that push should be laser-focused on at-risk: those who are overweight with co-morbidities of any age. Instead, the push seems to be to scare the healthy, wealthy NPR-class into signing up for monthly boosters.
8/
It’s now being suggested that kids won’t be able to go back to school “normally” until they've been vaccinated. You’ll notice that the states w/highest child vax rates are also the ones that had the LOWEST in-person school. Yes, these states are poised to F*** the kids again.
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This is what happens when people focus on the wrong metric. Public health is now OBSESSED with big vax numbers—not on targeting resources where they would make a difference. Those don’t get you big numbers—but kids, who make up 25% of the pop and can be compelled, DO.
10/
Not only would targeting our vaccination approach to those who are truly at-risk save lives, it would help re-build trust eroded by public health arrogance. If Public health wants to be taken seriously again, they need to stare this record in the face—and make amends.

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20 Jul
1/
Breakthrough cases DON'T mean vaxes are useless. They DO mean messaging should change:

"No matter your age: obese or have other co-morbidities? Get vaxed. You're NOT protected by others being vaxed. You ARE protected by being vaxed. Not 100%. Get out & exercise, too."
2/
But, per usual, we're focusing on the wrong metrics.

First it was cases rather than deaths, now it's OVERALL vaxes, not vaxes of at-risk people. This GOAL buries the signal, makes vaxes look ineffective when they aren't.
3/
So, instead of the CDC doing a full-court press to try and really convey just how out-size the risk to people with co-morbidities, and get THOSE people vaxed. They are OVER-PLAYING the risk to kids to get kids vaxed.
Read 7 tweets
12 Jul
1/
Chalk this up as another CDC failure. In their goal to get high vax #s no matter how, they once again fail the at-risk population.

EVERYTHING they do should be focused on reaching people w/co-morbidities. Instead they are juicing the #s w/kids.

2/
For public health to be useful, it needs to focus on outcomes, not message penetration. They view themselves as marketers, measuring uptake of their messages, not outcomes. This is why states that “follow the science” don’t have better results

3/
If the cdc wanted to have an impact, it would focus almost entirely on the obese, making it very clear how much higher their risk is. But then they would have to disaggregate the data and talk about relative risk, something they are loathe to do.
Read 5 tweets
10 Jul
"My 9-year-old daughter came home from camp two weeks ago after playing three hours of outdoor tennis in a mask. “I thought I was going to faint,” she told me, looking ill after playing in 98-degree weather.."
wsj.com/articles/its-9…
2
"Later that afternoon the camp, run by the Sidwell Friends School, called to complain about her mask compliance.

We’re now 16 months into the pandemic and children remain victims of the Covid political theater that has characterized the national debate about masks ever since."
"We’ve had an entire school year to prove what scientists have said all along: Children aren’t major vectors of the virus, and schools and child-care centers aren’t drivers of community spread. Consider three of my children and their two schools. "
Read 7 tweets
8 Jul
1/
Trying to mask the abject failure of blue state COVID responses, a new success metric has been rolled out: Vax levels. But whole pop. vax levels, mask much lower variance in at-risk groups. What's more, deaths in 65+ from Jan-Jun are NOT linked to vax levels.
2/
Some will say that the vaccination level of the population is important b/c those other vaccinations are shielding the at-risk further. But excess deaths since January are NOT tied to higher levels of whole population vaccination.
4/
The push to vax well beyond the at-risk represents another installment of “following the science” where sadly, fealty to “the science” does not produce any measurable result. This new metric—whole pop. Vax—is designed to wash away all the other failures
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
Read 12 tweets
30 Jun
1/
The proof (long-suspected) that the mRNA (like AZ DNA) vaxes do not offer sterilizing immunity is now being used to push wider vaccination among kids to acquire “herd immunity.” This makes no sense—it should be the opposite.
wsj.com/articles/vacci…
2/
AZ is the only manufacturer that did weekly testing of trial participants to evaluate the efficacy of vaccines in stopping infection—not just disease. These results showed that the AZ standard dose had no impact on reducing asymptomatic infection.

thelancet.com/action/showPdf…
3/
Neither Pfizer’s nor Moderna’s trials did this. Pfizer’s recorded 170 infections (162 control v. 8 vax) However, data in the FDA’s review showed an additional 3410 suspected cases—1816 control/1594 vax. This would reduce efficacy from 95% to 19%.
blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/01/04…
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16 Jun
1/
FL parents send 6 masks to a lab...
- 100% of masks contaminated.
- 50% w/pathogens, including multiple strains of pneumonia- and meningitis-causing bacteria.
- 1/3 with antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
- 2 masks w/more than 70 strains of bacteria.

rationalground.com/dangerous-path…
2/
"Masks work" has become such a powerful mantra for public health, it has stifled not only research showing it doesn't, but also the ability to even question if it might cause harm.
3/
This is a testament to the power of children's immune systems. Every one of these pathogens is SIGNIFICANTLY more dangerous to children than SARS-CoV2. Yet they have been exposed over, and over, and over again.

(note, no SARS-CoV2 was found on the mask, because... )
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