Vaccine Scientist-Pediatrician-Author, Prof Dean @BCM_TropMed @TexasChildrens, Univ Prof @Baylor, Hagler Inst Advanced Study @TAMU, Founding Editor @PLOSNTDs
Promoting fake herd immunity concepts and other forms of weaponized science communication/disinformation will damage global public health, and maybe degenerate further into human rights violations. nytimes.com/live/2020/10/1…
Extrapolating to the US: By invoking "herd immunity" we could easily increase our current 200,000 deaths by a factor X6 or more - 1 million deaths. Our vulnerable time is late fall 2020, winter 2021 = lame duck post election period. White House parting gift to the American people
Associate Director Global Health @KFF. @SAISHopkins Prof. U.S. & International Health Policy, Health Security, Infectious Disease Epidemiology
"White House Embraces Covid-19 ‘Herd Immunity’ Declaration"
I thought I might comment this is policy-based evidence-making, but there's not any evidence to speak of in the declaration.
@joshmich @mlipsitch Suggest there is a rapid debate in the US around the following questions:
How long will it take to achieve population immunity?
What will be the average number of deaths per day during that time?
How long will it last before next wave?
Assistant professor of epidemiology @UCBerkeleySPH interested in infectious diseases, vaccines, and opera
Speechless. I will out myself as having reviewed some of the papers by this group of modelers at various journals. My comment was, and remains, that they do not provide an appropriate scientific basis for policymaking. This will harm many people.
physician-scientist, author, editor
Surprising that Lilly's monoclonal antibody has a safety concern to pause trials, as the safety issue has not manifest in their program or Regeneron's previously. Hopefully a brief pause and we'll get details quickly. Good to be cautious.
Craig Spencer MD MPH
Wed Oct 14
NYC ER doctor | Ebola Survivor | Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine @ColumbiaMed/@NYPhospital | Teach Public Health @ColumbiaMSPH | Opinions My Own
The White House is reportedly embracing a herd-immunity approach focused on “protecting the elderly and the vulnerable” just a few weeks after it failed to protect a 74-year-old with multiple comorbidities.
on Monday, the White House apparently convened a call with reporters in which two anonymous senior administration officials, who were "not authorized to give their names," voiced support for the Great Barrington Declaration nytimes.com/live/2020/10/1…
I'd love to know who these people are, especially if they're making decisions that affect the nation's health.
White House reporters: please consider not granting anonymity (when possible), particularly when it comes to possibly harmful scientific info.