The document that's being shared in this picture by @ALewerMBE is by @DrJBhattacharya an architect of the Great Barrington Declaration that advocated for 'herd immunity by infection'. Jay was disallowed as an expert witness in court due to misrepresentation of evidence on masks!!
Major flaws were highlighted in his testimony by multiple judges, with one concluding that he wasn't qualified to be an expert witness, and others suggesting his testimony was problematic. This is the person whose advice our govt ministers are sharing?
I guess the UK is exactly the place where those disallowed even by courts to given evidence due to repeated misrepresentations will be influencing policy!! The Anti-science era is well and truly upon us.

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27 Nov
For 19 months, I've been constantly attacked for advocating for elimination, and saying SARS-CoV-2 isn't a virus we can and should live with. It's been evolving in one direction from the start- greater transmissibility, escape & virulence. 🧵
But the hopium on 'benign endemicity' has been widespread- the idea that it'll magically become the common cold when all evidence has been pointing the other way for 19 months. Unfortunately, early signs don't look good. Image
So, I'll say this again. And trolls and my 'colleagues' can and will attack - but progressive coordinated and supported global elimination was the only way to really deal with this threat. And with every new variant, it gets harder to do this.
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27 Nov
61 people on a flight of 600to the Netherlands tested positive for COVID-19 on screening flights from SA - variant status now being assessed. Not imposing mandatory quarantine from all regions including SA is a huge failure of UK policy. This variant is very likely widespread.
Even if it's here (which I think it likely is), we need to slow spread- and we seem to be doing nothing in the face of what is a fast changing situation. Why? This is precious time for acting, and planning next steps, to protect the public in an evolving situation.
We need comprehensive mandatory border quarantines from all regions, mask mandates (high-grade masks), mitigations in schools (masks, ventilation, bubbles, quarantine for contacts), caps on large gatherings, and speed up of boosters, vaccines to kids.
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26 Nov
I know people will accuse me of 'fearmongering', but I'm really concerned by the potential threat posed by Nu: Why? TL;DR
-The rapid growth to dominance/near dominance in multiple parts of SA
-growth accompanied by increase in R
-accumulation of mutations - many of concern
Yesterday, we heard about the detailed work done on surveillance and characterisation of this new variant from SA. It has far more mutations compared to the original variant compared to delta. Many of these are shared with other VOCs, while many are new:
Many of the mutations are associated with escape at least in laboratory studies (although we don't have data on this particular variant with all its mutations yet). But early data suggests mutations associated with higher transmissibility & escape.
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24 Nov
Will the tsunami of misinformation coming from the Telegraph ever stop? No, depression is not 'ordinary unhappiness', & stigmatising prescribing or taking anti-depressants isn't helpful. I've been on ADs for 9 yrs & my only regret in is not taking them sooner. 🧵
I, for years, despite being a medic, and having prescribed ADs to patients and seeing them getting loads better didn't take them myself, because I felt I should be able to control it somehow and get myself better. I lost entire decades of my life to it.
I shouldn't have. I did psychotherapy as well, which was incredibly useful, but ADs alongside made a huge difference to my life. Please don't suggest depression is just normal sadness due to 'life'. It isn't. It's hard to imagine depression if you haven't experienced it.
Read 8 tweets
24 Nov
It's not a choice between vaccines & mitigations - lockdowns represent a failure to control transmission pre-emptively. What's needed is a multilayered approach of vaccines + boosters + mitigations (high-grade masks, school mitigations, ventilation, test, trace, isolate)
We must separate out lockdowns & mitigations. Lockdowns are only needed again and again if we don't have robust mitigations in place. Many of these don't require a huge sacrifice, but are highly effective (masks indoors, ventilation). There needs to be strong messaging about this
It's not right to say 'restrictions' will be needed for a long time because it will prevent build up of population immunity by infection. Immunity by infection is not desirable- because it's by infection! - which we're trying to prevent! Vaccines do this safely & effectively.
Read 11 tweets
23 Nov
After every study has shown Pfizer protection is superior to Astrazeneca & wanes less over time, The Telegraph suggests we've fared far better than Europe (because we have more deaths?) because of - Astrazeneca! And they quote - the CEO of Astrazeneca!
True journalism this 👇
who cares about reality and facts? Vaccine nationalism is what matters! And standing by the UK and its govt. Who cares about the >160,000 deaths, and >1 million people with long COVID. I challenge anyone to say it wasn't a success - given we created the Astrazeneca vaccine!!!
For those looking for the data- no need to look further than the UKHSA and ONS data that both showed this:
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