Twitter re-instates account of COVID critic Alex Berenson

Reporter had been suspended last year for accurate tweet about COVID vaccines.

Updated: July 6, 2022 - 1:44pm

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    Alex Berenson, the writer and outspoken critic of much of the world's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, had his Twitter account reinstated Wednesday after nearly a year of being barred from the platform. 

    Berenson announced his return to Twitter on the platform, in a post the directed readers to a Substack post in which he explains his reinstatement. 

    "The parties have come to a mutually acceptable resolution. I have been reinstated," Berenson wrote on the Substack post. "Twitter has acknowledged that my tweets should have not led to my suspension at that time."

    The tweet that resulted in Berenson's suspension, from late August of 2021, criticized COVID vaccine mandates with a harsh assessment of how the vaccine itself works. 

    "It doesn't stop infection. Or transmission," he wrote. "Don't think of it as a vaccine. Think of it - at best - as a therapeutic with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS."

    Responding to a query from Elon Musk about his reinstatement, Berenson said that "the settlement with [Twitter] prevents" him from sharing information about it. 

    "However, in the near future I hope and expect to have more to report," he also said.