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  1. Jul 2021
    1. 2021-07-26

    2. Elisabeth Mahase. (2021, July 26). At least 6 weeks between Pfizer vaccine doses = higher neutralising antibody levels (than a 3-4 wk interval) For those with the delta variant, antibody levels were 2.3-fold higher with the longer interval Preprint from @pitchstudy @bmjlatest https://t.co/E3yOTqNgpa [Tweet]. @emahase. https://twitter.com/emahase_/status/1419604658344112130

    3. At least 6 weeks between Pfizer vaccine doses = higher neutralising antibody levels (than a 3-4 wk interval) For those with the delta variant, antibody levels were 2.3-fold higher with the longer interval Preprint from @pitchstudy @bmj_latest
    1. 2021-03-05

    2. How anti-vaccination websites build audiences and monetize misinformation %. (2021, March 10). First Draft. https://firstdraftnews.org:443/articles/antivaccination-audiences-monetize/

    3. As President Biden’s administration settles in, many feel an enormous sense of relief, an awareness that the United States dodged a proverbial bullet. But how do we ensure that Justice Ginsberg’s prediction becomes reality? This is not an academic question; Trump’s recent speech at CPAC all but announced his desire to return in 2024. Only by recognizing the underlying reason he succeeded in the first place and by making the structural changes necessary to prevent someone like him from succeeding again can we head off this eventuality.
    4. Disinformation Is Among the Greatest Threats to Our Democracy. Here Are Three Key Ways to Fight It
    1. 2021-03-08

    2. White House says it’s aware of Russia disinformation related to COVID-19 vaccines. (2021, March 8). Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-vaccine-idUSKBN2B0236

    3. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Joe Biden’s administration was monitoring efforts tied to Russia’s intelligence services aimed at undermining the Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc coronavirus vaccines.
    4. White House says it's aware of Russia disinformation related to COVID-19 vaccines
    1. 2021-05

    2. COVID-19 misleading information policy. (n.d.). Retrieved 29 July 2021, from https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/medical-misinformation-policy

    3. You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm.  Even as scientific understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we’ve observed the emergence of persistent conspiracy theories, alarmist rhetoric unfounded in research or credible reporting, and a wide range of unsubstantiated rumors, which left uncontextualized can prevent the public from making informed decisions regarding their health, and puts individuals, families and communities at risk. Content that is demonstrably false or misleading and may lead to significant risk of harm (such as increased exposure to the virus, or adverse effects on public health systems) may not be shared on Twitter. This includes sharing content that may mislead people about the nature of the COVID-19 virus; the efficacy and/or safety of preventative measures, treatments, or other precautions to mitigate or treat the disease; official regulations, restrictions, or exemptions pertaining to health advisories; or the prevalence of the virus or risk of infection or death associated with COVID-19. In addition, we may label Tweets which share misleading information about COVID-19 to reduce their spread and provide additional context.
    4. COVID-19 misleading information policy
    1. 2021-03-09

    2. EU DisinfoLab. (2021, March 9). 🗣️In this week’s #IWD2021 update: We highlight initiatives promoting gender equality and women safeguarding our digital information ecosystem. We also acknowledging the rise in online GBV and the threat of gendered disinformation. ▶️https://disinfo.eu/outreach/our-newsletter/disinfo-update-09-03-2021 #WomeninOSINT [Tweet]. @DisinfoEU. https://twitter.com/DisinfoEU/status/1369198151639441411

    3. In this week's #IWD2021 update: we highlight initiatives promoting gender equality and women safeguarding our digital information ecosystem. We also acknowledging the rise in online GBV and the threat of gendered disinformation.
    1. 2021-03-11

    2. The Culture of Resentment Revisited. (2021, March 11). EU vs DISINFORMATION. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/the-culture-of-resentment-revisited/

    3. Just before the start of the global pandemic, the pro-Kremlin media was gearing up for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, by demanding from the world the unequivocal recognition of its achievement, and then pouting and sulking should anyone doubt its role as the sole force of resistance against fascism – both now and throughout history. One year and two waves of the global pandemic later, the pro-Kremlin media is demanding recognition of yet another achievement – the Sputnik V vaccine, by attacking the institution whose recognition it seeks.
    4. The Culture of Resentment Revisited
    1. 2021-03-08

    2. Report on a Survey for Fact-Checkers on COVID-19 Vaccines and Disinformation. (n.d.). EDMO. Retrieved 29 July 2021, from https://edmo.eu/2021/03/08/report-on-a-survey-for-fact-checkers-on-covid-19-vaccines-and-disinformation/

    3. The survey was addressed at fact-checking organisations and players and enquired about a number of aspects, including their work and strategies to fight disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and the disinformation narratives about the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccination campaign they were witnessing in their respective countries.
    4. Report on a Survey for Fact-Checkers on COVID-19 Vaccines and Disinformation
    1. 2021-03-11

    2. PINHO, A. C. (2021, March 10). EMA starts rolling review of Eli Lilly antibodies bamlanivimab and etesevimab for COVID-19 [Text]. European Medicines Agency. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/ema-starts-rolling-review-eli-lilly-antibodies-bamlanivimab-etesevimab-covid-19

    3. EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) has started a ‘rolling review’ of data on the antibodies bamlanivimab and etesevimab which are being developed by Eli Lilly to be used in combination for the treatment of COVID-19. The review will also look at bamlanivimab used alone.
    4. EMA starts rolling review of Eli Lilly antibodies bamlanivimab and etesevimab for COVID-19
    1. Four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine. (n.d.). [Text]. European Commission - European Commission. Retrieved 29 July 2021, from https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_1101

    2. 2021-03-10

    3. The European Commission has reached an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer for the supply of four million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Member States in the next two weeks in order to tackle coronavirus hotspots and to facilitate free border movement.
    4. Commission supports Member States in tackling coronavirus hotspots with offer of four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to be delivered this month
    1. EC AV PORTAL. (n.d.). Retrieved 29 July 2021, from https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-202865

    2. 2021-03-04

    3. Vaccines are first studied in the laboratory. Developers determine their quality, safety and efficacy. Then, clinical trials are undertaken with human volunteers. These help confirm how vaccines work and how many doses are needed. Next, the vaccine developer submits the testing results to the medicines regulatory authorities. The vaccine is approved after it is verified that its benefits outweigh any side effect or potential risks. Due to the public health emergency, COVID-19 vaccines are being developed and approved much faster, while following the same standards as all other medicines in the EU. This is possible because of early scientific advice, pooling of experts, massive investments and using existing facilities and methods as for other vaccines. 
    4. How are vaccines developed, tested and authorised?
    1. 2021-03-08

    2. ECDC. (2021, March 8). We have cross-checked all the latest research on #FaceMasks use during the pandemic. Our position has not changed. Wear it to help slow down the spread of #COVID19! Combine it with #HandHygiene, #CoughEtiquette & #PhysicalDistancing. Be smart. Stay safe. Care about others. Https://t.co/t4AZcJVzld [Tweet]. @ECDC_EU. https://twitter.com/ECDC_EU/status/1368989564321341444

    3. We have cross-checked all the latest research on #FaceMasks use during the pandemic. Our position has not changed. Wear it to help slow down the spread of #COVID19! Combine it with #HandHygiene, #CoughEtiquette & #PhysicalDistancing. Be smart. Stay safe. Care about others.
    1. 10.31234/osf.io/mxfz7
    2. To mitigate the burden of COVID-19 on healthcare systems and to reduce infections and associated deaths, public health measures including physical distancing and mask-wearing have been recommended. We know little regarding important predictors of adherence and motivation to engage in public guidelines among at-risk populations, such as adolescents. Objectives. The purpose of the present study was to examine differences in adherence to public health measures across provinces, and to examine developmental differences in both adherence and motivations to engage in public health among adolescents and adults across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods. Participants from two samples, including adolescents (N=788, 56.7% female, M=15.68, SD=1.36) and adults (N=578, 94.6% female; M=45.12, SD=5.83) completed online quesionnaires during the summer 2020. Results. Both adolescents and adults in provinces mandating masks were more likely to wear a mask. There were no provincial differences in adherence to social distancing. Adolescents were more likely to be motivated by social reasons, while adults were motivated by social responsibility. For both adults and adoeslcents, social responsibility was associated with more adherence to public health measures, while social concerns(e.g., maintaining social ties, social judgment) was associated with less adherence. Conclusion. Adherence to public health measures was mixed, with most participants reporting socializing in-person with people outside of their home. At the time of the survey, provincial mask mandates were associated with more mask-wearing. Results also suggest social responsibility was the main predictor of increased adherence to public health measures.
    3. Adherance to Public Health Measures in Adolescents versus Adults duing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada
    1. 2021-05-25

    2. Trevor Bedford. (2021, May 25). Looking across these nine states, the current ranking of logistic growth rate seems to be B.1.617 > P.1 > B.1.1.7 > B.1.526 > B.1.351. 6/10 https://t.co/QPKkyehPst [Tweet]. @trvrb. https://twitter.com/trvrb/status/1397195353284300800

    3. B.1.617 is, of course, worrisome and may gain ground quickly on other lineages, although its lack of significant immune escape makes me less worried about large-scale spread in the US. However, there is still a large unvaccinated population in which B.1.617 may drive cases. 10/10
    4. Because the genomic data is necessarily lagged, this is looking back to the beginning of May and the last 3 weeks of declines in cases are not included. However, even here, there are some encouraging trends of absolute growth of P.1 starting to level off. 9/10
    5. Doing so with this latest data gives the following picture where it's clear that non-variant viruses have been declining throughout the spring, while variant viruses have been responsible for multiple state-level epidemics (B.1.526 in NY, B.1.1.7 in MI, MD and MN). 8/10
    6. Although frequencies are useful to assess competitiveness of different variants, we're interested in case counts to assess whether a variant may be driving an epidemic. Here, I'm using genomic data to partition case counts as described previously. 7/10
    1. Looking across these nine states, the current ranking of logistic growth rate seems to be B.1.617 > P.1 > B.1.1.7 > B.1.526 > B.1.351. 6/10
    2. I'm now watching Illinois in particular where P.1 is at ~30% frequency and B.1.1.7 is at ~60% frequency to see if P.1 starts to displace B.1.1.7 there. 5/10
    3. Relative fitness becomes more clear as variants are placed in direct competition. B.1.1.7 and B.1.526 had been increasing rapidly in frequency in New York. However, since they reached high frequency they've been in more direct competition and B.1.1.7 has edged out B.1.526. 4/10
    4. Using genomic data shared to @GISAID, we can plot frequency of different variant lineages through time and across states to get a sense of competitive dynamics. Here, I'm plotting lineage frequency on a logit axis, so that logistic growth is visible as a straight-line fit. 3/10
    5. If we look at state-level cases with a log-axis we can see exponential growth and then exponential decline visible as straight lines on the log plot. Some states have had recent precipitous declines (NY, MA, MI), while others have been more stable (WA, CO, OR). 2/10
    6. #COVID19 cases in the US reported by @CDCGov have continued their week-after-week exponential decline that began in mid-April. This is exceptionally welcome news, although I'm now watching closely for variants driving sub-epidemics despite overall cases falling. 1/10
    1. 2021-05-25

    2. Youyang Gu. (2021, May 25). Is containing COVID-19 a requirement for preserving the economy? My analysis suggests: Probably not. In the US, there is no correlation between Covid deaths & changes in unemployment rates. However, blue states are much more likely to have higher increases in unemployment. 🧵 https://t.co/JrikBtawEb [Tweet]. @youyanggu. https://twitter.com/youyanggu/status/1397230156301930497

    3. Is containing COVID-19 a requirement for preserving the economy? My analysis suggests: probably not. In the US, there is no correlation between Covid deaths & changes in unemployment rates. However, blue states are much more likely to have higher increases in unemployment.
  2. Jun 2021
    1. 10.31234/osf.io/f7wzd
    2. In response to the spread of the coronavirus in the world, both adults and children were restricted from social interactions, had to stop physical and fitness activities due to being locked in their homes, radically changed their lifestyle and physical activity patterns. Restriction of physical activity, among other factors, has had a significant impact on the emergence of mental health problems in humans. Offering physical activity strategies to the population in different countries by specialists will have a significant positive impact on improving their mental and physical health and their quality of life.
    3. Psychological health and physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic
    1. 2021-02-19

    2. David Leonhardt. (2021, February 19). For weeks, the public messages about vaccines have been more negative than the facts warrant. Now we are seeing the cost: A large percentage of Americans wouldn’t take a vaccine if offered one. 🧵... [Tweet]. @DLeonhardt. https://twitter.com/DLeonhardt/status/1362767520764203011

    3. The bottom line: The widespread negative public messaging about the vaccines is fundamentally misleading, and it's damaging to public health. (fin)
    4. What would be a more accurate message about vaccines? “They’re safe. They’re highly effective against serious disease. And the emerging evidence about infectiousness looks really good. If you have access to a vaccine and you’re eligible, you should get it.” - @KateGrabowski
    5. This table from @ashishkjha tells the story:
    6. The evidence so far suggests that a full vaccine dose: 1. effectively eliminates the risk of Covid death 2. nearly eliminates the risk of hospitalization 3. drastically reduces the ability to infect somebody else. All of that is also true about the virus variants.
    7. I get that the negative messages often have a basis in truth. There are still uncertainties about the vaccines. And they won’t wipe this coronavirus off the face of the earth anytime soon. But the negativity is fundamentally misleading – and causing real damage.
    8. The public messaging from many experts – and, yes, from us in the media – often makes the vaccines sound mediocre if not ineffectual. “Our messaging is bad, really bad,” says epidemiologist @KateGrabowski “Our discussion about vaccines has been poor, really poor,” @mugecevik
    9. Why so much skepticism? Think about all of the negative things you’ve heard about the vaccines: - They aren’t 100% effective. - Vaccinated people may be contagious. - The virus variants may make everything worse. - Don’t change your behavior even if you get a shot.
    10. Nationwide, nearly half of Americans would refuse a shot if offered one immediately, polls suggest. Vaccination skepticism is even higher among Black and Hispanic people, white people without a college degree, registered Republicans and lower-income households.
    11. - About 1/3 of military troops who’ve been offered vaccine shots have declined. - When shots became available to Ohio nursing-home workers, 60% said no. - Among frontline workers in SoCal, the share was 40-50%. - N.B.A. stars are wary of doing public-services ads.
    12. For weeks, the public messages about vaccines have been more negative than the facts warrant. Now we are seeing the cost: A large percentage of Americans wouldn't take a vaccine if offered one.
    1. 2021-02-16

    2. Sallam, M. (2021). COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Worldwide: A Concise Systematic Review of Vaccine Acceptance Rates. Vaccines, 9(2), 160. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9020160

    3. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9020160
    4. Utility of vaccine campaigns to control coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) is not merely dependent on vaccine efficacy and safety. Vaccine acceptance among the general public and healthcare workers appears to have a decisive role in the successful control of the pandemic. The aim of this review was to provide an up-to-date assessment of COVID-19 vaccination acceptance rates worldwide. A systematic search of the peer-reviewed English survey literature indexed in PubMed was done on 25 December 2020. Results from 31 peer-reviewed published studies met the inclusion criteria and formed the basis for the final COVID-19 vaccine acceptance estimates. Survey studies on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance rates were found from 33 different countries. Among adults representing the general public, the highest COVID-19 vaccine acceptance rates were found in Ecuador (97.0%), Malaysia (94.3%), Indonesia (93.3%) and China (91.3%). However, the lowest COVID-19 vaccine acceptance rates were found in Kuwait (23.6%), Jordan (28.4%), Italy (53.7), Russia (54.9%), Poland (56.3%), US (56.9%), and France (58.9%). Only eight surveys among healthcare workers (doctors and nurses) were found, with vaccine acceptance rates ranging from 27.7% in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to 78.1% in Israel. In the majority of survey studies among the general public stratified per country (29/47, 62%), the acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination showed a level of ≥70%. Low rates of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance were reported in the Middle East, Russia, Africa and several European countries. This could represent a major problem in the global efforts to control the current COVID-19 pandemic. More studies are recommended to address the scope of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Such studies are particularly needed in the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle and South America. Addressing the scope of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in various countries is recommended as an initial step for building trust in COVID-19 vaccination efforts
    5. COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Worldwide: A Concise Systematic Review of Vaccine Acceptance Rates
    1. 2021-04-25

    2. Covid vaccine uptake has soared among minorities, but we can’t be complacent about hesitancy. (2021, April 25). Inews.Co.Uk. https://inews.co.uk/opinion/covid-vaccine-uptake-soared-minorities-cant-complacent-hesitancy-970503

    3. Since the vaccine programme began the NHS has been battling a tsunami of misinformation which risks discouraging some of the communities most at risk from catching coronavirus.Overcoming vaccine hesitancy among – and offering reassurance to – people from ethnic minority backgrounds, has been one of the biggest challenges we have faced in the battle against Covid.
    4. Covid vaccine uptake has soared among minorities, but we can’t be complacent about hesitancy
    1. 2021-03-17

    2. Jigsaw. (2021, March 17). Distraction Helps Misinformation Spread. Thinking About Accuracy Can Reduce it. Medium. https://medium.com/jigsaw/distraction-helps-misinformation-spread-thinking-about-accuracy-can-reduce-it-a4e5d8371a85

    3. New research published in Nature, from a team led by Gordon Pennycook, offers a partial explanation: when we’re online, we sometimes become distracted and simply forget to think about whether information is true. Inspired by these findings, Jigsaw teamed up with academics behind the study to explore translations of their laboratory findings into technological features that might help fight online misinformation. Our work in this space is still early, but we wanted to share what we’ve learned so far, in the hope of helping (or connecting with) others studying similar issues.
    4. Distraction Helps Misinformation Spread. Thinking About Accuracy Can Reduce it.
    1. COVID-19 Fact-checkers -. (n.d.). Retrieved 21 June 2021, from https://covid19misinfo.org/fact-checking/covid-19-fact-checkers/

    2. The COVID-19 Fact Checkers Dataset is a comprehensive international repository of over 200 active fact-checking groups and organizations that verify COVID-19 misinformation. The dataset is maintained by Ryerson University’s Social Media Lab as part of an international initiative to study the proliferation of COVID-19 misinformation and to map fact-checking activities around the world in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). It was created to provide the public with a better understanding of the COVID-19 fact-checking ecosystem and is intended for use by policy makers and others to make data-informed decisions in the fight against COVID-19 misinformation.
    1. 2021-06-07

    2. (1) ReconfigBehSci on Twitter: ‘RT @ScottGottliebMD: The U.K. is experiencing a growing surge of COVID infections with a new variant that appears more pathogenic, and that…’ / Twitter. (n.d.). Retrieved 21 June 2021, from https://twitter.com/SciBeh/status/1402048528189300737

    3. The U.K. is experiencing a growing surge of COVID infections with a new variant that appears more pathogenic, and that first became prevalent in India. The current outbreak in the U.K. appears to be clustered most heavily among unvaccinated individuals.
    1. 2021-02-17

    2. BU Epi COVID Response Corps. (2021, February 17). We’ve seen so many vaccine questions, we did two videos! Here’s part 1 of our vaccine FAQ: https://t.co/gYASlhiwmm [Tweet]. @EpiCOVIDCorps. https://twitter.com/EpiCOVIDCorps/status/1362099096102854657

    3. Q: I’ve heard that humidity can reduce spread, but also that the virus dries out in dry air. ??? A: It seems like 40-60% humidity is ideal. Our bodies are more effective at expelling irritants when it’s a bit humid, and in dry air dropletsaerosols. More:
    1. 2021-02-17

    2. Mills, M. C., & Sivelä, J. (2021). Should spreading anti-vaccine misinformation be criminalised? BMJ, 372, n272. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n272

    3. 10.1136/bmj.n272
    4. The spread of false health information casts a shadow over required vaccine coverage. Melinda Mills says that we must, reluctantly, consider criminalising people who deliberately spread false information—but Jonas Sivelä argues that the definitions are too murky and that criminalisation may do more harm than good
    5. Should spreading anti-vaccine misinformation be criminalised?
    1. 2021-02-07

    2. Dr. Syra Madad. (2021, February 7). What we hear most often “talk to your health care provider if you have any questions/concerns on COVID19 vaccines” Vs Where many are actually turning to for COVID19 vaccine info ⬇️ This is also why it’s so important for the media to report responsibly based on science/evidence [Tweet]. @syramadad. https://twitter.com/syramadad/status/1358509900398272517

    3. What we hear most often “talk to your health care provider if you have any questions/concerns on COVID19 vaccines” Vs Where many are actually turning to for COVID19 vaccine info This is also why it’s so important for the media to report responsibly based on science/evidence
    1. 2021-02-15

    2. Juliette Kayyem. (2021, February 15). This is great data about vaccine hesitancy, declining since 2020. There is a difference between the ‘wait and see’ (31%) and the anti-vaxxers (13%). Of ‘wait and see’, 37% are simply at ‘not first’ and want to assess family/friends. In short, vaccinations beget vaccinations. [Tweet]. @juliettekayyem. https://twitter.com/juliettekayyem/status/1361462039919607811

    3. This is great data about vaccine hesitancy, declining since 2020. There is a difference between the "wait and see" (31%) and the anti-vaxxers (13%). Of "wait and see", 37% are simply at "not first" and want to assess family/friends. In short, vaccinations beget vaccinations.
    1. 2021-02-15

    2. Miguel Hernán. (2021, February 15). To all who claim that there’s no evidence that #SARSCoV2 is transmitted in bars: If the risk of transmitting #SARSCoV2 is provenly greater in crowded indoor places, why should bars be magically protected? Burden of the proof is on bar’s owners, not on scientists @BillHanage [Tweet]. @_MiguelHernan. https://twitter.com/_MiguelHernan/status/1361463022187864066

    3. To all who claim that there's no evidence that #SARSCoV2 is transmitted in bars: If the risk of transmitting #SARSCoV2 is provenly greater in crowded indoor places, why should bars be magically protected? Burden of the proof is on bar's owners, not on scientists @BillHanage
    1. 2021-02-14

    2. Kamlesh Khunti. (2021, February 14). Our pre-print publication on #COVIDVaccine hesitancy in health care workers. Vaccination rates: White 70% South Asian 59% Black 37% ⬆️ rates in Allied HCPs & administrative/exe staff vs Drs Urgently need to identify barriers & overcome these https://t.co/hBYJFCBzyi https://t.co/OLeNZrswcN [Tweet]. @kamleshkhunti. https://twitter.com/kamleshkhunti/status/1360926907978682372

    3. Our pre-print publication on #COVIDVaccine hesitancy in health care workers. Vaccination rates: White 70% South Asian 59% Black 37% rates in Allied HCPs & administrative/exe staff vs Drs Urgently need to identify barriers & overcome these
    1. 2021-02-09

    2. Ed Yong. (2021, February 9). The incomparable @sarahzhang is still ruling the vaccine beat; here’s her latest on what vaccines, variants, and herd immunity. Https://t.co/np7viqRU1T [Tweet]. @edyong209. https://twitter.com/edyong209/status/1359234289448189952

    3. Hello! I'm briefly resurfacing from a glorious Twitter hiatus (to accompany an equally glorious book leave) to plug a few things.
    1. 2021-05-05

    2. Prabhala, C. C., Achal. (2021, May 5). Biden Has the Power to Vaccinate the World. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/05/biden-has-power-vaccinate-world/618802/

    3. The Indian crisis is precipitating a global one. One-third of the world currently relies on vaccine exports from a single company in India. However, to meet the overwhelming domestic need, India banned vaccine exports, which means that countries in sub-Saharan Africa are now scrambling for vaccines—leaving their population more vulnerable to resurgences of the virus. Ayoade Alakija, a co-chair of the African Vaccine Delivery Alliance, told the Financial Times, “We’re at the point where we’re rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.”President Joe Biden must help, by removing patent barriers and making vaccine technology available to other countries.
    4. Biden Has the Power to Vaccinate the World
    1. 2021-05-05

    2. ReconfigBehSci on Twitter: "RT @Craig_A_Spencer: The U.S. ‘has the chance to elevate vaccine manufacturing around the world, both by immediately making two @WHO–certif…’ / Twitter. (n.d.). Retrieved 16 June 2021, from https://twitter.com/SciBeh/status/1389983507917672449

    3. The U.S. "has the chance to elevate vaccine manufacturing around the world, both by immediately making two @WHO–certified vaccine recipes available and...funding the infrastructure to manufacture even more of them." Spot-on @ChelseaClinton & Achal Prabhala
    1. 2021-05-04

    2. Natalie E. Dean, PhD. (2021, May 4). Another framing for this tweet: Wow, the US will soon be able to expand vaccine access to 12-15 year olds. Meanwhile, there are countries where healthcare workers treating COVID patients can’t access vaccines. What more can the US government do to support the global community? [Tweet]. @nataliexdean. https://twitter.com/nataliexdean/status/1389568668548349952

    3. Another framing for this tweet: Wow, the US will soon be able to expand vaccine access to 12-15 year olds. Meanwhile, there are countries where healthcare workers treating COVID patients can’t access vaccines. What more can the US government do to support the global community?
    1. And sharing this report from @joshmich and @jenkatesdc on actions the US government can take.
    2. Another tweet on the same topic:
    3. The imminent FDA authorization of a vaccine for 12-15 year olds is great news, and adolescents should be able to access vaccine. But in the short term, we must also grapple with the ethics of vaccinating adolescents ahead of high-risk adults in other countries.
    1. 2021-05-04

    2. Stephan Lewandowsky. (2021, May 4). And of course… more myths have to be rebutted on our myths page: Https://t.co/uZ5PTpNHff (although it is good to see how many myths are just variants of older zombie arguments) 3/n [Tweet]. @STWorg. https://twitter.com/STWorg/status/1389549507206172674

    3. @julieleask @profrapp @roozenbot @PhilippMSchmid @GaleSinatra @emilythorson @ekvraga @LeticiaBode @lkfazio @JasonReifler @philipplenz6 @jayvanbavel @AndyPerfors @MicahGoldwater @M_B_Petersen @Karen_Douglas @CorneliaBetsch @ira_hyman @lingtax @annaklas_ @DerynStrange @adamhfinn
    4. @olbeun @SciBeh @lombardi_learn @kostas_exarhia @stefanmherzog @commscholar @johnfocook @Briony_Swire @Sander_vdLinden @DG_Rand @kendeou @dlholf @ProfSunitaSah @HendirkB @gordpennycook @andyguess @emmapsychology @ThomsonAngus @UMDCollegeofEd @gavaruzzi @katytapper @orspaca 4/n
    5. And of course… more myths have to be rebutted on our myths page: https://hackmd.io/@scibehC19vax/misinfo_myths… (although it is good to see how many myths are just variants of older zombie arguments) 3/n
    6. And then some updates to the page on the importance of cultural variables in vaccine uptake and attitudes: https://hackmd.io/@scibehC19vax/vaxculture… Accompanied by lots more detail about public opinion: https://hackmd.io/@scibehC19vax/publicattitudes… (quite a lot of data there now!) 2/n
    7. Time for a fairly substantial update of severeal wiki pages accompanying the COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Handbook: First, the importance of healthcare professionals: https://c19vax.scibeh.org/pages/healthpros… 1/n