There are many problems with #Covaxin #vaccine, contrary to the article tweeted multiple times at me.
In April @WHO blocked it because…
The company's study offered no antibody info on placebo users to compare efficacy of vax to…
Exportation from India was halted on April 2 after @WHO discovered manufacturing contamination…
An Indian study found 2-dose #Covaxin only 47% effective against #SARSCoV2 despite manufacturer claim of 93%.…
#Covaxin can be stored at 47 degrees F, unlike the super-cold required for mRNA vaccines. That's a big plus.
Still, head-on-head independent comparisons of #COVID19 #vaccines against #Omicron found the Bharat-made Covaxin performed poorly.…
4/ It is best to judge #vaccines based on studies, when available, that were NOT performed by the manufacturer. And it's always a good idea to separate data and politics.
@WHO has approved 11 #COVID19 vaxs for ER use, including #Covaxin for adults…
Only 7 vaccines had applied for indemnity, allowing humanitarian use by NGOs, UN agencies and poor countries thru #COVAX w/out legal liability issues --#Covaxin is NOT one of them. Neither are @pfizer or @moderna . This greatly limits their use.
#Covaxin has been approved by 14 countries, says @WHO.
@pfizer vaccine has been approved by 146 countries; J&J in 111;
AstraZeneca in 140;
and India's other vax, CoviShield is in 49 countries.

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May 29
Yesterday @POTUS #Biden gave the commencement address at Univ. of Delaware. This section resonated for me:
"Truth is truth. Lies are lies. And the truth is: We have a solemn duty to keep the flame of liberty burning. This is not about blue and red, rural and urban."
"It's about America. The right to govern ourselves. The right to determine our own destinies, to overcome division & despair, & to meet the challenges of our time with grit and, maybe equally important, with some grace. To press ahead determined, resolved, & full of hope."
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern gave a similar warning @Harvard . Don't assume democracy's permanent, she said:
“It ignores the fact that the foundation of a strong #democracy includes trust in institutions, experts, & government — and that this can be"
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May 19
The #Oklahoma State legislature has passed a law banning all #abortions from the moment of conception.…

Actual bill:…

Key phrases from new law -- MORE
-"Fertilization" means the fusion of a human spermatozoon w/a human ovum
- "Unborn child" means a human fetus or embryo in any stage of gestation frm fertilization until birth
-"Woman" & "women" incl any person whose biological sex is female {and} any person w/a uterus
- "Abortion" means the act of using, prescribing, administering, procuring, or selling of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance, device, or means w/the purpose to terminate the pregnancy of a woman, w/knowledge that the termination by any of those...
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May 15
Questions nobody asked on the Sunday morning news/talk shows abt #BuffaloTerroristAttack :
1.) NY is a pro-gun-control state: Where did this teen get his weapons, ammo, body shield?
2.) Teen lived in #COVID19 isolation w/parents -- how could they be unaware of his politics?
3.) The teen started down this path apparently at age 15 while in COVID lockdown: when/where did he learn to shoot? Who taught him?
4.) Was the shooter a member of a firing range or gun club? Do such entities allow kids <18 in w/out parental consent? Did parents know?
5.) The kid was using a lot of bandwidth for 3 yrs on-line & streaming live. He shared WiFi w/his parents, and they never noticed?
6.) It's reported the shooter was in far-right chat & streaming grps: Did those moderators know he was legally a child? If yes; culpable?
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Apr 19
Since the burden of #COVID19 prevention is now on the shoulders of individuals, not government or community, here are some risks for you to personally calculate when deciding 😷or 😃:
1.) Since vaccination doesn't not block catching or spreading virus, am I a risk to others?
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2.) If Delta was more contagious than Beta, & Omicron more than Delta, & BA.1 more than Omicron, & BA.2 more than it inevitable I will get infected if I am unmasked?
3.) Each time a new variant emerges, who do I believe to tell me if it is able to bypass my vax?
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4.) If I'm in a crowded subway car & an unmasked guy is coughing, what do I do?
5.) How many vaccines/boosters do I need, when, & at my specific age & health status to feel safe going mask-less?
6.) If I'm dining & the waiter wears a mask, do I have a moral duty to 😷, too?
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Apr 8
America, we have to talk about this:…
This poll compared #Republican #Democrats & Independent opinions related to the #Russian war on #Ukraine and the results are shocking.
When asked to name the two national or world leaders they dislike most, GOP:👇
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2/ #Democrats had a very different list of dislikes, predictably. If you combine their 1st & 2nd choice top picks, 76% of Dems rank #Putin at the top.
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3/ Only one question found Americans, regardless of Party affiliation, in near-unanimity -- fear of nuclear war with #Russia .
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Mar 27
ICYMI we are witnessing, via satellite imagery, sudden collapse of key glacial fronts of @antarctica . This...
And here, we see Eastern @antarctica glacial collapse…
And further @antarctica glacial system calving and sudden melt…
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