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A divisive disease

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Science - As scientists struggled to understand and quell COVID-19, a second pandemic of misinformation and political mayhem raged. Angela Rasmussen is as outspoken a scientist...

President-Elect Joe Biden - Actions Address the COVID-19 Pandemic, Provide Economic Relief, Tackle Climate Change, and Advance Racial Equity Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect...

Birx travels, family visits highlight pandemic safety perils

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AP NEWS - WASHINGTON (AP) — As COVID-19 cases skyrocketed before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, warned Americans...

  • It is astonishing to me that Dr. Birx thinks a multi-generational Thanksgiving gathering is okay for her—even after publicly urging Americans not to do this—because the trip wasn’t primarily for Thanksgiving. This is a reckless betrayal of public trust. https://t.co/SqJxsbMuJQ

On the origins of SARS-CoV-2

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Nature Medicine - Stakeholders in public health must lobby policy makers to make decisions based on evidence, not political expediency, particularly when the studies that hang in...

Ohio researchers say they’ve identified two new Covid strains likely originating in the U.S.

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CNBC - Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement to CNBC the agency is looking at the...

  • "Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security, said it’s difficult to assess the significance of the findings without seeing the data." If this were set to music, it would be called "Angie's Theme." https://t.co/21kaNQu3Vr

Malcolm Gladwell ‘Puzzled’ by New Yorker’s Firing of Jeff Toobin for Zoom Masturbation

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The Daily Beast - “They just assumed he had done something terrible, but never told us what the terrible thing was,” Gladwell...

Opinion | Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.

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Wall Street Journal - Jill Biden should think about dropping the honorific, which feels fraudulent, even...

  • This piece called Dr. Biden “kiddo” in the first sentence and it was all downhill from there. And I rarely ask people to call me “Dr.” IRL in conversation but gif this clown I’d make an exception. https://t.co/6vQpzJq3id

Over 11.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed, 2.1 million administered: U.S. CDC

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Reuters Health - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had administered 2,127,143 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of...

  • Arguments for evaluating a single-dose vaccine regimen rely heavily on the idea that demand greatly exceeds supply (true) & could protect the most people quickly. That's all irrelevant if we can't distribute the supply that we have now. https://t.co/RdLvlDPsYI

China blocks entry to WHO team studying Covid’s origins

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The Guardian - Officials say visas not yet approved for World Health Organization delegation due to visit...

  • This is why I get so upset about speculation about SARS-CoV-2 lab origin without evidence. It’s because of this. Global health requires global cooperation. By defaulting to blaming China, it sets back efforts to investigate all possibilities of origin. https://t.co/FfCEcmtUVa

Storming of Capitol was textbook potential coronavirus superspreader, experts say

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Washington Post - On one of the pandemic’s deadliest days, thousands of Trump supporters packed together with few face coverings — shouting, jostling and forcing their way...

  • The attempted coup was not only a terrifying attack on our democracy, but also a potential public health disaster. The rioters were not arrested or detained, making it that much harder to track the new cases they will bring back to their communities. https://t.co/ghSBkarVp5