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Professor Stanford School of Medicine. MD, PhD. Health policy: infectious diseases, covid, health economics. Scientific freedom.
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Nov 24 4 tweets 2 min read
FOIAed documents show that the NIH sent Tony Fauci's deputy Cliff Lane to China in Feb. 2020. He came back from the trip recommending lockdown.
1/4 Here's the key recommendation from that Feb. 2020 "Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Covid," with Cliff Lane and the WHO's Maria Van Kerkhove as contributing authors: Immediate lockdown.
Oct 27 10 tweets 5 min read
Two weeks ago, I attended Dr. @dockaurG’s long-awaited appeal of a decision by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (@cpso_ca) to censor her for her advocacy against many of Canada’s draconian covid policies. A longish 🧵on medical Lysenkoism in Canada.
1/10 Dr. Gill is a physician-leader with an excellent track record of patient care. She has never had a single patient complaint. She devotes her life to her patients. In 2020, she tweeted against the Canadian lockdowns. For this crime, @cpso_ca is threatening her license.
Oct 13 5 tweets 2 min read
I am all done for now with my tweets decrying the #antiscience of covid policy. Some thoughts in a short thread.

1. My framing of the issues as science vs. anti-science was meant ironically. Covid policy necessarily involves values, morals, & trade-offs as well as science.
2. Science by itself is not fit for navigating these trade-offs involving values. Scientists should advise policymakers, not substitute for them. In doing so, scientific institutions should be politically neutral or risk alienating the public.
Oct 7 4 tweets 2 min read
This post by @houmanhemmati is important. It foreshadows what patients will face in response to medical censorship laws, like the one just passed in California.

The twitter algorithm is acting strangely on Houman's post. Wouldn't it be a shame if many people 'liked' and RT'd it? @houmanhemmati Here's a screenshot of the post at the moment. So many more RT's than likes just doesn't make sense. Why is twitter suppressing criticism of medical censorship?
Sep 25 5 tweets 3 min read
If it's true that AB2098, the dystopian California bill, really is limited to taking away licenses from bad doctors who directly harm patients, why is California legislator @DrPanMD singling me out for criticizing the bill he co sponsored? The real aim is to silence dissent. @DrPanMD Check out the replies that @DrPanMD his to his incendiary tweet (there's a small button on the lower right of his tweet that shows you to see then). Dr. Pan would love a California Ministry of Truth, with him as chief minister.
Sep 19 4 tweets 3 min read
In September 2020, @MikkoPackalen and I wrote a piece for @inferencereview on the futility of contact tracing. Our key takeaway: "Is contact tracing now futile for the COVID-19 epidemic in most of the world? Probably yes."
inference-review.com/article/on-the… Four Hopkins epidemiologists replied to this piece, starting their letter by saying, in effect, that the very fact that Mikko and I wrote our article was "potentially deadly", presumably because they thought people might find our argument persuasive.
Sep 18 4 tweets 1 min read
During the first two years of the pandemic, I served as a pro-bono expert witness in countless anti-lockdown, anti-mask mandate & anti-vax mandate cases. The norm was incompetence by "experts" and judges:
The typical "expert"
➡️vastly overestimated the efficacy of covidian policies & the accuracy of covid modeling,
➡️did not understand that delaying cases is not the same as eliminating them, and
➡️were blind to lockdown harms.
Shocking naivete in the credentialed class.
Sep 16 11 tweets 2 min read
Ten ethical principles for public health.
1. All PH advice should consider the impact on overall health, rather than solely concerned with a single disease. It should always consider both benefits and harms from PH measures and weigh short-term gains vs. long-term harms.
1/11 2. PH is about everyone. Any PH policy must first and foremost protect society's most vulnerable, including children, low-income families, persons with disabilities and the elderly. It should never shift the burden of disease from the affluent to the less affluent.
Sep 15 4 tweets 5 min read
A senior editor of @MotherJones (@kieraevebutler) is apparently writing a hit piece about @VPrasadMDMPH and his take on the lack of human clinical data on the bivalent booster. Since when did Mother Jones join forces with Pfizer? Her email to me and my reply to her are attached. The same editor wrote a ridiculous piece arguing focused protection is bad for the poor, 1 week after the @gbdeclaration. I wonder if she regrets parroting government propaganda & pushing lockdowns that devastated the poor, children, & the working class?
Aug 30 8 tweets 3 min read
This is very very wrong. And it's not just Canada.
1/x nbcnews.com/health/health-…
Jul 19 5 tweets 2 min read
Great review of Woolhouse's book by @snj_1970. While much of the Woolhouse argument is sensible, his view of early lockdown is naive.

First, by the time the question arose in February 2020, the disease was already widely seeded. No way to get to zero. Short thread follows...
1/5 Second, early lockdown fuel damaging panic and further demand for restrictions which lasted a good long time. Once you ring the bell, it's impossible to unring, especially since the scientists that recommended the destructive lockdowns are loathe to admit their error.
May 4 4 tweets 3 min read
Dear @TwitterSupport,

Why am I ghost-banned? Is it something I said?

Yours in puzzlement,
Jay @TwitterSupport You can find the site I used to check for a shadowban here:

May 1 12 tweets 4 min read
In honor of @MartinKulldorff 12 sensible principles of public health, I thought I'd take a shot at the 12 covidian principles of public health.

1) Health is synonymous with the avoidance of a single respiratory virus, SARS-CoV-2.

2) Public health should focus on short-term priorities. The future -- filled with collateral harms from public health policy -- will take care of itself.

Mar 31 7 tweets 3 min read
Last week was the 2-year anniversary of a WSJ op-ed that changed my life. Eran Bendavid & I argued that Mar '20 data were consistent with either: (1) a higher fatality disease with lower spread; or (2) a lower fatality disease with higher spread. [1/7]
wsj.com/articles/is-th… Here was the key action item: "Given the enormous consequences of [the] Covid-19 response, getting clear data to guide decisions now is critical. We don’t know the true infection rate...Antibody testing of representative samples to measure disease prevalence... is crucial." [2/7]
Mar 13 6 tweets 2 min read
Covid antibodies found in stored blood from Sept/Nov 2019 in European blood banks. The implications are enormous.

1. Long before the official start date, it was too late to stop the disease from spreading across the earth. We have wasted 2 years on lockdowns for nothing.
[1/4] 2. The pre-prints finding the virus in Nov/Dec 2019 in the Wuhan markets (reported breathlessly by the NYT) do not point to the true origin events of the virus.

Mar 5 5 tweets 2 min read
This clip is infuriating. It is an admission of public health malpractice by the @CDCDirector.

The main clinical endpoint of the vaccine trials was symptomatic infection at 3-4 months post vax, not infection or disease transmission:
[1/4] "Optimistically" thinking that the vax could stop transmission & wouldn't wane in efficacy, Fauci & the @CDCDirector made force vaccinating the whole population the central policy goal, rather than focusing on the vulnerable who benefit most from the vax.
Feb 20 6 tweets 2 min read
The story about the CDC's new guidelines on childhood development guidelines is more complicated than is being reported around Twitter.

Bottom line: the updated guidelines were not changed because of masks.

My thanks to @Michigan_Noah for pointing me to the full story.
[1/4] in 2019, the CDC & AAP convened a panel of experts to revise the guidelines. The panel finished in 2021, published their paper in Feb. 2022 & the CDC just updated the guidelines on their site a few days ago.

Dec 21, 2021 15 tweets 4 min read
My overall reaction to Pres. Biden's speech. It's much better than I anticipated and very good in parts! 🧵

I liked:
1) No panic. It's not March 2020. This is the best part of the speech by far. It is a stinging rebuke to some panic mongers in the public health community.
(1/15) I liked:
2) Finally some honesty about the scientific evidence about the vaccine: it protects vs. severe disease, but does not stop infection or disease transmission. This honesty will boost vaccine uptake.
Dec 20, 2021 20 tweets 8 min read
On TV today Francis Collins doubled down on his lies and propaganda attack and on the Great Barrington Declaration. If you read the GBD, you will not find the words "let it rip" because the central idea is focused protection of the vulnerable.🧵
(1/20) We now know the origin of the term -- it came from the mind of Collins and Fauci. When reporters started asking me why I wanted to "let the virus rip", I was puzzled. Now I know that Collins & Fauci primed the media attack with the lie.

Nov 17, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
I had the honor of testifying today in US House Subcommittee on the COVID response. The topic was on misinformation. Ironically, I was attacked by Rep. @CongressmanRaja from Illinois with misinformation. (1/5)

First, by quoting out of context, he mischaracterized a piece I wrote in January 2021. Contra the Congressman, I did not argue the epidemic was over. I argued for prioritizing the elderly in India with the limited vaccine doses it had at the time. (2/5)

Sep 9, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
The WH plan for COVID is out. There are items that I like quite a bit, and items I don't. 🧵

I'll start with what I like:
1. Expanding access to monoclonal antibody early treatment is a great idea. (h/t: Gov. DeSantis)


(1/9) I like:
2. Committing to full in-person school all year. It was a catastrophic mistake last year that so many states kept kids out of school, which harmed them and did nothing for infection control.