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Kai Kupferschmidt

@kakape

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science journalist. molecular biologist. curious. contributing correspondent at @sciencemagazine part of @pandemiapodcast , all things #blue

Berlin, Germany
Joined June 2009
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18 hours ago
RT @angie_rasmussen : This just in—the @KnightCenterUT panel next week now includes the phenomenal Dr. @mvankerkhove in addition to me, @pur

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a day ago
RT @Sander_Lab : In Berlin? Noch nicht geimpft oder geboostert? Dann los. ➡️HEUTE noch bis 18:00Uhr schnell impfen lassen an der BHT im Wed…
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a day ago
Spent some time in @dwnews studio today discussing omicron, China’s “zero covid” strategy and the future. Full program is here (and I’m chalking up all the grasping unsuccessfully for the correct English word to my recent infection):
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2 days ago
RT @JeremyFarrar : There has been a lot of comment on 'in hospital with or because of COVID-19". It is a false dichotomy. Patients are not a…
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3 days ago
RT @PeacockFlu : As its been getting increasing attention recently, I'm going to write a short thread on what we currently know about BA.2.…
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Kai Kupferschmidt
3 days ago
I have recovered and I’m happy to go back to reporting on omicron. I hope that’s it. But as someone who is HIV-positive I have a lot of respect for the power of viruses to cause long-term troubles and we should all have some humility in the face of such a new virus.
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Kai Kupferschmidt
3 days ago
So overall my feelings have been the mixed bag I tried to describe in my look back at the end of 2021: Amazed and grateful that we have these powerful tools available to us, but frustrated and somewhat ashamed at how we have used them globally.
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Kai Kupferschmidt
3 days ago
Delivery of vaccines to low- and middle-income countries has been picking up and COVAX recently delivered its one billionth dose. That’s good news. But the way we have handled global access to vaccines overall has been bad.
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Seth Berkley
6 days ago
#COVAX has delivered its first billionth dose of #COVID19 vaccines to 144 countries & territories across the world. It’s a key milestone in the largest and most rapid global vaccine rollout in history but the world stands at yet another crossroads in our fight against COVID-19.
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Kai Kupferschmidt
3 days ago
Like many vaccinated and boostered people, I experienced a mild infection. Of course I wonder what the experience would have been like with no prior immunity at all. I’m privileged. I got three doses. One third of the world population has gotten zero doses so far.
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Kai Kupferschmidt
3 days ago
After spending many weeks reporting on #omicron , I spent the first two weeks of 2022 having omicron. It inevitably feels like a defeat of sorts after two years of avoiding the virus. But I’ve studied infectious diseases long enough to know that’s not helpful - or even the point.
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Kai Kupferschmidt
3 days ago
@DrTedros @WHO @DrMikeRyan "We don't fully understand the consequences of letting this thing run”, says Bruce Aylward. “Most of what we've seen so far in areas of uncontrolled transmission has been: We pay the price with the variants that emerge and new uncertainties we have to manage as we go forward."
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