TWiV 687: Peter Hotez sticks to the vax

November 29, 2020

Peter Hotez joins TWiV to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, including why it went out of control in the US, the hijacking of public health practices by anti-science extremist groups, prospects for control, and whether we will be prepared for the next one.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker

Guest: Peter Hotez

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3 comments on “TWiV 687: Peter Hotez sticks to the vax

  1. Jeffery Biss Dec 3, 2020

    Rich, thanks for mentioning that you’re taking Briana’s course. I just looked it up on youtube and will start watching her lectures.

  2. Knut Schünemann Dec 7, 2020

    Hello TWiVers.

    As a german and living in Germany, I want to explain something about the situation here:
    In the discussion it looked like the protests in Berlin were about some simple rules for masks or social distancing.
    But that’s just not the case.
    They were protests against about a new emergency law, which takes away some of our basic rights like bodily integrity, free practice of a profession, freedom of movement, sanctuary of our homes and the right to decide the whereabouts of our children.
    And this law can be declared by the minister of health, and there are no clear contraints about when this is possible, no definitive level of thread. ist given.
    In the more than 50 years I life here, that’s about the most severe restriction of basic rights of the citizens ever.
    So the stakes are quite a bit higher than just wearing a mask or not.

    I’m sorry if that’s a bit more political that your podcast ususally aims to be, but since it’s a mostly political situation it’s hard to explain it without getting a bit into politics.

    Best regards,

    Knut Schünemann

  3. Rebecca Goulding Dec 8, 2020

    Brianne Barker has an excellent p0int. We need more information to get out there on the intermediate effects of Covid-19, what lies between the snuffles and death. The DALYs, the long-term disability (and even short-term effects), susceptibility to future infections etc (next year’s influenza season for example). Generally, we have avoided this narrative with respect to influenza in the past, it’s really time for a change in how we approach communication regarding respiratory infections in public health in general.

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