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Former Sr Fellow @CFR_org. Recipient of Pulitzer Prize, Polk (2Xs) and Peabody Awards. Author: IHeard theSirensScream, TheComingPlague, Ebola & BetrayalofTrust.
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Jun 23 6 tweets 5 min read
The Congressional Subcomm has finished it's questioning of Deborah Birx, whose most damning comments were directed at Dr. Scott Atlas.
Atlas testified in closed session -- transcript was released:
coronavirus.house.gov/sites/democrat…
MORE 2/Key points of Atlas testimony:
- "investigation uncovered internal memoranda used by Dr. Atlas to push the #Trump Admin to jettison proven mitigation measures & deliberately reduce testing—months before the first #coronavirus #vaccines were available to the public."
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Jun 22 4 tweets 3 min read
#COVID19 #vaccine maker @moderna_tx just issued an utterly opaque press release, claiming huge success against #Omicron variants 4 & 5, offering no genuine data. This is science-by-PR at its worse. MORE
investors.modernatx.com/news/news-deta… 2/ It begins with a June 8 press release investors.modernatx.com/news/news-deta…
which describes a "bivalent #COVID booster candidate, mRNA-1273.214, containing mRNA-1273 (Spikevax) and a vaccine candidate targeting the #Omicron variant."
Further details about this Spikevax are proprietary.
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Jun 21 4 tweets 4 min read
While the Jan6 hearing is underway, other members of #Congress released dox proving that #Trump admin delayed actions to control #COVID19 because they were pushing bogus "herd immunity" schemes.
coronavirus.house.gov
MORE 2/ "The embrace of this strategy enabled #Trump Admin officials to justify forgoing meaningful action to curb the spread of the virus when no #Vaccines were available & treatments were limited, likely contributing to many preventable deaths in the fall & winter of 2020-21."
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Jun 16 25 tweets 17 min read
LIVE now: U.S. Senate
Update on the Ongoing Federal Response to #COVID19: Current Status and Future Planning
Witnesses:
Rochelle Walensky @CDCDirector
Anthony Fauci @niaid director
Robert Califf @US_FDA commissioner
Dawn O'Connell @HHSGov assist secretary
help.senate.gov/hearings/an-up… Tough questions from Sen. Burr -- "Tell me what the plan is for ending this epidemic."
Action steps?
Jun 15 8 tweets 11 min read
I pulled that chart, @dominiqus -- forgetting it was from a David Leonhardt @nytimes column that @gregggonsalves correctly disputed. I acted hastily and apologize.
But many public health leaders, from the @WhiteHouse down, have been fighting to address..
MORE 2/...the racial & economic divides in US healthcare & social determinants that are at the root of wide disparities, to our collective national shame. #COVID19 lifted some eyelids, but as you said, we need to tackle far more.
Do you think any PH efforts have helped at all?
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Jun 9 4 tweets 4 min read
Stalemate on figuring out the origins of #SARSCoV2 -- from @WHO :
A team of scientists convened by the WHO to determine the origins of #COVID19 & future outbreaks says a theory that the virus escaped from a lab merits “further investigations.”
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washingtonpost.com/world/2022/06/… 2/
The WHO-backed team said they had not received any new data that would allow them to better evaluate the lab-leak theory, & #Brazil #China & #Russia objected to further investigation.
Meanwhile, the report said avail data show that #SARSCoV2 had a zoonotic origin.
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Jun 3 6 tweets 8 min read
There are many problems with #Covaxin #vaccine, contrary to the article tweeted multiple times at me.
In April @WHO blocked it because science.org/content/articl…
The company's study offered no antibody info on placebo users to compare efficacy of vax to medrxiv.org/content/10.110…
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Exportation from India was halted on April 2 after @WHO discovered manufacturing contamination mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#sear…
An Indian study found 2-dose #Covaxin only 47% effective against #SARSCoV2 despite manufacturer claim of 93%. doi.org/10.1016/S1473-…
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May 29 4 tweets 3 min read
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."
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"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."
May 19 4 tweets 2 min read
The #Oklahoma State legislature has passed a law banning all #abortions from the moment of conception.
washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/…
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reuters.com/world/us/oklah…
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wwno.org/npr-news/npr-n…
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nytimes.com/2022/05/19/us/…

Actual bill: legiscan.com/OK/text/HB4327…

Key phrases from new law -- MORE 2/
-"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
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May 15 4 tweets 2 min read
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?
MORE 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?
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Apr 19 5 tweets 3 min read
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?
MORE Image 2.) If Delta was more contagious than Beta, & Omicron more than Delta, & BA.1 more than Omicron, & BA.2 more than BA.1...is 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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Apr 8 4 tweets 4 min read
America, we have to talk about this: criticalissues.umd.edu/sites/critical…
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:👇
MORE Image 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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Mar 27 8 tweets 4 min read
ICYMI we are witnessing, via satellite imagery, sudden collapse of key glacial fronts of @antarctica . This... And here, we see Eastern @antarctica glacial collapse
theguardian.com/world/2022/mar…
Mar 24 8 tweets 9 min read
Putin meant to grab #Ukraine & drive wedges between #NATO & #Russian-bordering nations.
Instead, he's evoked unification of economic, military & political forces across Europe, G7, the @EU @imf @WorldBank & @NATO into a block of unprecedented unity & resolve, that met today.
MORE Image 2/ It's been called the strongest alliance since WWII. But today's @NATO declaration, coupled w/alliances #Biden has formed, leaves #Russia isolated, issues a clear call-out to #China & makes ironclad an all-of-Europe mutual defense posture that's quite unprecedented.
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Mar 23 5 tweets 4 min read
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Remember when #Sweden advocated a "herd immunity" approach to #COVIOD19 -- no lockdowns, just let the virus spread. And Sweden's epidemic was the deadliest per capita in northern Europe. Here is a stunning account of how this happened.
MORE 2/ "The Public Health Agcy labelled advice from national scientists & intl authorities as extreme positions, resulting in media & political bodies to accept their own policy instead. The Swedish people were kept in ignorance of basic facts such as the airborne #SARSCoV2..."
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Mar 21 7 tweets 3 min read
READ THIS. Lots of pharma, biotech & academia now use AI to search for novel drugs to treat diseases. A small biotech company wondered if the same AI programs could find the reverse -- new chemicals to kill people. They set the program to look for VX-like chemicals.
MORE 2/ "In less than 6 hours after starting on our in-house server, our model generated 40,000 molecules that scored within our desired threshold." -- Compounds not only likely to kill people, but far deadlier than VX gas.
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Feb 28 4 tweets 3 min read
New @IPCC_CH
"#ClimateChange has adversely affected physical health of people globally & mental health of people in the assessed regions. Climate change impacts on health are mediated through natural & human systems, including economic & social conditions & disruptions."
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"In all regions extreme heat events have resulted in human mortality & morbidity. The occurrence of climate-related food-borne & water-borne diseases has increased. Animal & human diseases, including zoonoses, are emerging in new areas."
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Feb 18 6 tweets 7 min read
The appearance of a child suffering from wild #polio in #Malawi is a bitter discovery. afro.who.int/news/malawi-de…
African nations years ago celebrated eradication of the virus, continent-wide. A key failure of the global eradication prog has been environmental surveillance...
MORE 2/..in wastewater. We have the tools, they're easy & cheap, & everywhere in the world polio testing should be routine. Why? Because the virus is passed in human feces, even by some #vaccinated people. Routine monitoring is a must, but $ isn't there. doi.org/10.1016/S2666-…
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Feb 7 4 tweets 2 min read
Thoughts about the strange forms of #SARSCoV2 found in NYC wastewater. Last week NY researchers published discovery of novel mutant forms of the #COVID19 virus that were resistant to existing antibody treatments & seemed to have come from animals.
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nature.com/articles/s4146… 2/ As far as I know, nothing of this kind has been discovered in wastewater surveillance elsewhere -- just NYC, a very densely populated metropolis of nearly 9 million humans, >575,000 pet cats + 100s of strays, nearly 350K dogs & loads of rats & mice. The genetics...
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Jan 19 5 tweets 5 min read
"A @Quinnipiac poll found a majority of Americans – by a 58 to 37 margin – believe 'the nation’s #Democracy is in danger of collapse.' Some of that is right-wingers who think the 2020 election was stolen, but it’s 56 to 37% among #Democrats, too."
presswatchers.org/2022/01/where-…
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Critic @froomkin noted >1/2 of, "Americans consider it very likely (19%) or somewhat likely (34%) that there will be another attack like the 1 at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021."
Then he asked, "Where are the interviews w/regular Americans terrified for our democracy?"
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Jan 13 5 tweets 4 min read
Reaction to #SCOTUS decision from @POTUS #JoeBiden
"As a result of the Court’s decision, it is now up to States & individual employers to determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees, & whether their businesses will be safe for consumers..."
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"...during this #pandemic by requiring employees to take the simple & effective step of getting #vaccinated . The Court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted to it by Congress to require this measure, but that does not stop me from..."
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