Tracking vaccine rollout with @VermontDFR and @ariadnelabs. Reporting on and researching the pandemic since January 2020 in China. Views own.

Washington, DC
Joined November 2012
Morning of December 28, 2019: 1 year ago today, I arrived in China with a group of students on a study abroad program, which would be suspended a month later due to the coronavirus outbreak. In this thread I'll do my best to chronicle the developments as I saw them, 1 year on.
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Americans can now request free at-home COVID-19 tests from the Biden administration’s website, COVIDTests.gov, a day before the site was set to launch. Americans can order four at-home tests per residential address to be delivered by the USPS. apne.ws/Tdhks21
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Vermonters can now order free rapid Covid-19 tests from the federal government through the U.S. Postal Service. The new program is separate from a state-and-federal effort to distribute free rapid tests earlier this month.  vtdigger.org/liveblog/free-r…
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In one year, the Biden-Harris Administration has gotten 74% of adults fully vaccinated. @POTUS’s COVID-19 response has saved and continues to save lives.
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NEW from @kaitlancollins: The federal government has quietly launched its website to sign up for free Covid-19 tests, allowing people to order a maximum of four tests shipped directly to their household. cnn.com/2022/01/18/politics/…
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I just ordered at home Covid tests and it was super easy. special.usps.com/testkits
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The website to order free at-home Covid-19 tests is now live: covidtests.gov/ - we'll see how soon they arrive on our doorsteps, but they are a crucial tool in this pandemic
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Free at-home tests on USPS is constituting nearly half of all government website traffic right now. analytics.usa.gov/
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** Fed gov't's covid test site is up and running ** (a day early) Every household is entitled to request 4 free at-home tests. USPS says they will ship in next 7-12 days. Request yours here: covidtests.gov. Only takes a few seconds.
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The website to order free tests, limited to four per household, is now live. "Orders will ship free starting in late January," it states. special.usps.com/testkits
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4 tests per residential address. Shipping in late January. Better late than never. special.usps.com/testkits?fb… #COVID19
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An easy and smooth ordering process for free at-home COVID tests from @USPS. The true test (so to speak) will be when they arrive. special.usps.com/testkits
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In advance of tomorrow's launch, covidtests.gov is operating in a beta mode, with limited ordering functionality. Residential households can go to the website and order four free at-home test kits through the USPS.
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The CDC Nowcasts the Omicron variant to make up 99.5% of new cases in the US last week, up from 98.3% the previous week. Omicron is over 97% of new cases in all HHS regions. covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tra…
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Employers are responsible for the health of their workers on the job, and vaccinations and testing can help them fulfill this obligation. Many companies are already doing this and have found it is the best way to keep their workers safe from COVID-19.
Wow @Carhartt I’m impressed and I will be purchasing from a company that cares about protecting all its workers. Thank you for not making this issue political & for believing in science. We need more companies like yours! 🇺🇸
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Residential households in the US can now order 4 individual at-home tests from the USPS' website, which will ship in late January. special.usps.com/testkits
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We need to accept #Covid19 vaccines don’t prevent all infection but avert serious complications and death. THEY WORK! And when combined w/other interventions, vaccines will allow us to live a normal life. What do we need to move to this "new normal"?
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Data deficits are curtailing our ability to respond with speed. @EricTopol details how HHS can upgrade "real-time capture, analytics, and sharing of essential and relevant information".
It's not too late My editorial @ScienceMagazine today science.org/doi/10.1126/scie… The need for a single, consistent, and unified public message, to fix the profound data deficits, and have @HHSgov @SecBecerra step up
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D.C. is opening four "COVID Centers" today. four more will open next week. you can get a vaccine, a booster, an at-home rapid test kit, and walk-up PCR tests. (at-home rapids will still be available at libraries).
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