chief medical officer @PIH 2000-now, assoc prof @HarvardMed @BrighamWomens, author Intro. to Global Health Delivery, 2nd ed @OUPAcademic https://t.co/7FsrGvf927
Sep 1, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
A thread on #BoosterShots w/ @srijeeva A lot of us have been involved in the struggle for vaccine equity—BEFORE there was even an effective vaccine. Understanding the markets will (and did) fail the poor. @HealthGAP@actupny@PIH@OxfamAmerica@Public_Citizen@FTV_Boston 1/
Given the scarcity that has been manufactured by Pharma, booster shots are a terrible idea…morally.
But the REAL question should be less about booster shots than about the constructed and ongoing scarcity. 2/
Many have proclaimed COVID to be the great equalizer. It is not. COVID metes harsher punishment to those with so-called pre-existing conditions. Yet, the factor most associated with a shortened life span in the United States, is zip code.
Zip code is the pre-existing condition that will lay bare the ravages of our privatized, profit-making, fragmented health “system.” Zip code will define in large measure who lives and who dies, who gets a ventilator and who does not. @ACLU_Mass
Mar 13, 2020 • 12 tweets • 10 min read
believes #mitigatingCOVID is NOT enough!! #flatteningthecurve is NOT enough. We cannot accept this idea that the ONLY way to stop the epidemic is through 60-80% of people getting infected so there is population-based immunity. We can STOP transmission
we KNOW how to stop transmission of a severe viral illness--look at Ebola. How did the world bend the curve? We did not wait for everyone to get infected!!!!