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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:…
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."
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… 2/ It begins with a June 8 press release…
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.
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.
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
Rochelle Walensky @CDCDirector
Anthony Fauci @niaid director
Robert Califf @US_FDA commissioner
Dawn O'Connell @HHSGov assist secretary… 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?
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.”
BUT...MORE… 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.
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…
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%.…
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."
"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.…

Actual bill:…

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
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?
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 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:…
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…
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
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..."
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.
This is Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) -- MORE
Feb 28 4 tweets 3 min read
"#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."
"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.…
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/ 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.…
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.
MORE… 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...
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."…
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..."
"...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..."