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Army Technology lists five of the most popular tweets on Covid-19 ADS in December 2020 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.

Top tweets on Covid-19 ADS in December 2020

1. Jon Ostrower’s tweet on Chilean Army personnel contracting Covid-19

Jon Ostrower, chief editor of The Air Current, an aviation industry news provider, tweeted on 36 Chilean Army personnel testing Covid-19 positive at O’Higgins base in Antarctica. The personnel including 26 military members and ten civilians contracted the virus during an annual exchange programme.

Ostrower attributes the transmission of virus in the Chilean Army to air travel, as the personnel flew down to Antarctica from their homeland for the annual event.

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Username: Jon Ostrower Twitter handle: @jonostrower

Retweets: 42

Likes: 141

2. Charles Ornstein’s tweet on leaked documents exposing Chinese Army

Charles Ornstein, managing editor at ProPublica, an investigative journalism website, shared an article on paid internet trolls belonging to the Chinese Army suppressing news about coronavirus. As the virus spread in the country, the Chinese government manipulated local internet, playing down the gravity of the situation and exaggerating the competence of the authorities.

The curbs imposed by China on information started in early January, according to documents obtained by ProPublica and The New York Times. China used an army of people and specialised technology provided by private contractors to constantly monitor digital news outlets and social media platforms to clamp down on any information that presented the country’s response to the outbreak in a negative light.

Username: Charles Ornstein Twitter handle: @charlesornstein

Retweets: 67

Likes: 107

3. Monaco Trader’s tweet on US Army ordering additional Covid-19 vaccine doses

Monaco Trader, a technology venture capitalist, shared an article about US Army modifying a contract signed with Moderna, a biotech company, for supply of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine, SARS-CoV-2 mRNA-1273.

The modification contract worth $1.97bn includes the purchase of additional 100 million of the Covid-19 vaccine doses. The vaccine is expected to be produced in Cambridge, Massachusetts and work is expected completed by end of June. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command.

Username: MonacoTrader Twitter handle: @MonacoTrader

Retweets: 6

Likes: 33

4. Steve Keen’s tweet on military-grade camera for detecting Covid-19

Steve Keen, an economist and author, shared an article about how a military-grade infrared camera can help in detecting airborne transmission of coronavirus. The high-sensitive camera system identifies variations in infrared radiation invisible to the naked eye.

The technology is generally used in military and industrial environment for sensing methane gas leaks in pipelines. The camera can be installed with a filter to map in real time the partial path of invisible particles that are exhaled by people.

Experts including epidemiologists and virologists support the idea of using exhalation as a method to show the transmission risk posed by airborne particles in various settings.

Username: Steve Keen Twitter handle: @ProfSteveKeen

Retweets: 4

Likes: 17

5. Ulrike Franke’s tweet on Covid-19 outbreak at German military unit

Ulrike Franke, a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), tweeted on 25 of the 80 soldiers belonging to German Bundeswehr contingent at the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali testing positive for Covid-19.

The German mission in the African country was immobilised and the unit’s operations were temporarily suspended after the Covid-19 outbreak in the camp necessitated the infected soldiers to isolate themselves. Several soldiers from other nations also tested positive for coronavirus in addition to the German soldiers.

Username: Ulrike Franke Twitter handle: @RikeFranke

Retweets: 14

Likes: 15