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President & CEO @ResolveTSL | Sr Fellow @CFR_org | Former Director @CDCgov & Cmish @nycHealthy | Focused on saving lives | COVID-19 pandemic response & recovery

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Dr. Tom Frieden
a day ago
B.1.1.529 (Omicron): Likely first concerning Covid variant since Delta, though still many unknowns. The emergence of this variant is a shot across the bow and underscores why it’s so urgent we address vaccine inequity. Here’s what we know and don’t know about Omicron. 1/thread
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Dr. Tom Frieden
5 hours ago
Nigeria’s public health officials are now better prepared to respond to yellow fever outbreaks by quickly standing up vaccination campaigns as well as other measures in affected areas.
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Dr. Tom Frieden
5 hours ago
A coalition including @NCDCgov, @gavi, @WHO and @ResolveTSL worked to improve the time it takes to confirm tests for yellow fever in Nigeria from over 30 days to just 24 hours. Wonderful success in strengthening lab capacity.
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Dr. Tom Frieden
21 hours ago
Unvaccinated people were 5.8 times more likely to get Covid and 14 times more likely to die from it in September.
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Dr. Tom Frieden
21 hours ago
Data continue to show that unvaccinated people are more likely to get infected with Covid and much more likely to be hospitalized or die from it compared to vaccinated people.
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a day ago
The virus that causes Covid adapts—faster than many thought possible. We too must adapt, working together around the world. A global pandemic requires a global response. 9/end
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Dr. Tom Frieden
a day ago
How might Omicron affect treatment, including Regeneron as well as new antiviral medications? Time will tell whether they'll continue to be as effective for strains with these mutations. 8/
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Lots more we need to find out. Major q's: More transmissible? Able to evade vaccine and/or infection-induced immunity? More severe illness? Getting science right can take time. Epidemiologists get this; many in media don’t. The more we learn, the better we can fight Covid. 7/
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Dr. Tom Frieden
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One piece of good news: we can easily track spread because B.1.1.529 causes something called S-gene target failure which creates a specific pattern in PCR test results. This can make it easier to spot than Delta. 6/
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Data suggests Omicron may be even more easily spread than Delta (which was already 2X more transmissible than the original strain.) We don’t have data yet on whether or not Omicron causes more severe or less severe illness or can escape existing immunity. 5/
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The Omicron variant has >30 mutations in the spike protein. That’s a lot. Some are associated with increased transmission and possible immune escape, though not possible to predict reliably how the variant will act in the real world. 4/
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Trevor Bedford
2 days ago
You can see the striking accumulation of mutations in the S1 domain of the spike protein just by plotting S1 mutations against time and coloring by clade (). Omicron viruses bear many more S1 mutations than previously circulating variants. 7/16
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Dr. Tom Frieden
a day ago
The rapidity with which the Omicron variant has become predominant in Gauteng Province is concerning. Evidence from other provinces suggests the variant has already spread across South Africa. B.1.1.529 has now been detected in samples from patients in multiple countries. 3/
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Dr. Tom Frieden
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The South Africa Health Ministry did the right thing and its actions will save lives: quickly identified Omicron through sequencing where there is evidence of increased transmission and immediately shared this information with the world. @WHO labeled it a Variant of Concern. 2/
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Dr. Tom Frieden
2 days ago
The virus that causes Covid adapts – faster than many thought possible. We need to adapt, learning more, doing more of what works, collaborating more. That's the best route to a safer world. In fact, that's the only route to a safer world.
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2 days ago
We can’t allow the virus to further divide and conquer us. Instead, we must collaborate for a safer, healthier, and better protected world. It’s humans vs. microbes. We’re all in this together.
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Dr. Tom Frieden
3 days ago
We underestimate the coronavirus at our peril. New variants anywhere in the world are a shot across the bow. Stopping the emergence and spread of them—including by addressing vaccine inequity—will save lives everywhere.
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Dr. Tom Frieden
3 days ago
When uncontrolled spread happens anywhere in the world, new variants can emerge. That’s why it’s crucial to stop spread and increase vaccinations.
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Dan Rather
3 days ago
As many of us celebrate today with family, friends, and food, a pandemic still rages. People still get sick. So a big debt of gratitude to all our healthcare workers. Today and everyday. I know many of you are hard at work even as we speak. We see you and honor you.
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Dr. Tom Frieden
4 days ago
Every person with high blood pressure deserves affordable and high-quality medication. Prescribing one combination pill instead of multiple anti-hypertensive medications can help patients get the treatment they need. #BeatThePressure
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