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August 31, 2021updated 16 Feb 2022 10:06am

Twitter round-up: Jack Posobiec’s tweet on US Marines refraining from getting Covid-19 vaccination the most popular tweet in Q2 2021

Army Technology lists five of the most popular tweets on Covid-19 aerospace, defence and security (ADS) in Q2 2021 based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

The most popular tweets on Covid-19 ADS in Q2 2021: Top five

1. Jack Posobiec’s tweet on US Marines refraining from getting Covid-19 vaccination

Jack Posobiec, senior editor of Human Events, a news and analysis website, shared an article on how approximately 40% of the US Marines are choosing not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Data provided by the United States Marine Corps to online news website CNN indicates that the Covid-19 vaccine rejection rate is 38.9% among US marines, with 48,000 of them choosing not to receive the vaccine. The data also shows that the acceptance rate was 66.1%, with 75,000 marines being either partially or fully vaccinated.

CNN reached out to other defence services for determining vaccine acceptance and rejection rates and found that the acceptance rate in the military was similar to the rate among marines at 66%. The marines are refusing to take the vaccine due to several reasons, according to Marine Corps spokeswoman Col. Kelly Frushour. Many of the marines are either waiting for others to take the vaccine first or waiting for it to become mandatory, while some have a fear of allergic reactions.

Username: Jack Posobiec

Twitter handle: @JackPosobiec

Likes: 25,500

Retweets: 5,034

2. Sean Hannity’s tweet on coronaviruses being genetic weapons

Sean Hannity, a political commentator and TV host at Fox News, a cable news television channel, shared an article about a 2015 document that reveals discussions in the Chinese military on how coronaviruses can be the new era of genetic weapons. The document, titled ‘The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons’, reveals how the Chinese military is strategising to weaponise severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronaviruses.

The document was acquired by the US state department while it investigated the origins of the virus, according to the Australian media outlet The Weekend Australian. It is said to be written by scientists of the People’s Liberation Army and senior Chinese public health officials in 2015 and indicates how SARS coronaviruses can be artificially manipulated into a new disease and weaponised.

Username: Sean Hannity

Twitter handle: @seanhannity

Likes: 1,212

Retweets: 675

3. Josh Rogin’s tweet on possibility of Canadian soldiers contracting Covid-19 in Wuhan in 2019

Josh Rogin, a political analyst at CNN, shared an article on two soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces who had stated that they might have been infected with Covid-19 during the Military World Games held in Wuhan in October 2019. Lawmakers in the US consequently called for an investigation in June 2021 into whether the event could have been a Covid-19 super spreader.

The article notes that officials may have known that something was wrong, as the city was unusually empty when the event took place, according to some of the participants. The soldiers from the US may have also contracted the virus although the possibility was dismissed by military leaders, the article adds.

Username: Josh Rogin

Twitter handle: @joshrogin

Likes: 1,150

Retweets: 656

4. A. Bharat Bhushan Babu’s tweet on oxygen gas solution developed by Indian Army engineers

A. Bharat Bhushan Babu, the principal spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, shared a press release on the Indian Army’s innovation to manage and respond to the oxygen supply crisis during the second Covid wave in the country. A team of engineers under Maj. Gen. Sanjay Rihani derived a solution to ensure the quick availability of oxygen without the use of gas cylinders, thus removing the need to even refill them.

The team developed and installed a prototype comprising two liquid oxygen cylinders that can provide oxygen to 40 beds for a duration of two to three days at the Base Hospital in the Delhi Cantonment area. The prototype comprised of a self-pressuring liquid oxygen cylinder with a capacity of 250l, pressure reducing valves, and specially designed vaporiser to process and produce oxygen at directly usable outlet pressure. The team also worked on a mobile version to meet the shifting requirements in healthcare facilities.

Username: A. Bharat Bhushan Babu

Twitter handle: @SpokespersonMoD

Likes: 714

Retweets: 138

5. Dr. Richard Urso’s tweet about the danger of indiscriminate Covid-19 vaccination in US military service members

Dr. Richard Urso, an ophthalmologist, shared a letter written by Hooman Noorchasm, a physician and immunologist, to US President Joe Biden on the risks of vaccinating the naturally immune or recently infected servicemen and women in the US military. The letter highlights that military troops may be naturally immune to the coronavirus from a clinical and immunological perspective compared to those who are vaccinated.

Noorchasm noted that vaccinating a large proportion of the troops is not only unnecessary but could also expose them to risks related to the vaccines such as neurological disorders, blood clots, anaphylaxis, and even myocarditis. He added that it is not justified to vaccinate the persons who would not benefit from it, especially the military troops.

Username: Dr. Urso

Twitter handle: @richardursomd

Likes: 204

Retweets: 112

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