A-Z People

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an Ethiopian biologist and public health researcher who has served as a Director General of the World Health Organisation since 2017. On January 30th 2020 Ghebreyesus said of the Covid 19 outbreak: ‘It is still possible to interrupt virus spreads, provided that countries put in place strong measures to detect disease early, isolate and treat cases, trace contacts and promote social distancing measures.’

The WHO sounded its highest alarm, a declaration called a ‘public health emergency of international concern, (PHEIC). Many countries ignored it. Ghebreyesus is now calling for the global health challenge of investment in NCD’s (non-communicable diseases) since Covid 19 has highlighted the full danger of them, which would have meant far fewer deaths during the pandemic. He says: ‘The majority of those who died from Covid 19 had an underlying NCD such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancer or obesity.’

Dan Andrews

Daniel Michael Andrews (born 1972) is the premier of Victoria, Australia (2014—). He came to international prominence in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic when he introduced very strict lockdown restrictions in his state. Later criticised by the Ombudsman for violating the rights of residents by restricting them to tower blocks and enforcing this with the full force of the law, he introduced compulsory face masks out of doors and a nightly curfew. These restrictions were lifted on 26 October 2020.

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Sukharit Bhakdi

Retired Thai-German immunologist and former Chair of Medical Microbiology at the University of Mainz, he co-authored Corona, False Alarm? Facts and Figures (2020). Co-founder of the Association of Physicians and Scientists for Health, Freedom and Democracy (May 2020), a German initiative to organise experts who do not believe that lockdowns or vaccines are necessary to combat Covid-19, he has argued, in opposition to the German government, that people do develop long-term immunity following SARS-CoV-2 infection. He has also criticised the use of the PCR test.

Jay Bhattacharya MD, PhD

Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He is also director of the Programme in Medical Outcomes and director of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. His recent research focuses on the epidemiology of Covid 19 as well as an evaluation of policy responses to the epidemic.
He is one of the three scientists behind the Great Barrington Declaration, all three have advocated against lockdown measures since the start of the pandemic and encouraged governments to lift lockdown restrictions on young and healthy people while focusing protection measures on the elderly, allowing children to go to school and young adults to continue working.
Citing seroprevalence data published by WHO, Bhattacharya said Covid 19 has an infection survival rate of 95% for people seventy years and older, and for the under seventies 99.95%. He and his colleagues do not see herd immunity as a strategy but as a simple ‘biological fact. It will happen eventually. That’s how epidemics end. So the only question is how you get there with the least amount of human misery, death and harm.’

Kate Bingham

The Hon. Catherine Elizabeth Bingham was appointed chair of the UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce in May 2020, steering procurement of vaccines and the strategy for their deployment during the COVID-19 pandemic. A biochemist, venture capitalist and wife of a Tory minister, she has been acclaimed for the acquisition of millions of covid vaccines, but criticised for spending over £600,000 on PR consultancy firms to advise her.

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Piers Corbyn

Piers Richard Corbyn (English; born 1947) is the brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. By profession he is an astrophysicist now working as a weather forecaster. He has been prominent in the campaign against lockdown restrictions and is also a COVID-denier and an ‘anti-vaxxer.’ He is a conspiracy theorist and climate change denier. He has been arrested twice for his anti-lockdown activities.

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Angus Dalgleish

Professor of Oncology at St George’s, University of London, he is well known for his contributions to HIV/AIDS research, and has worked as a cancer specialist for more than 30 years. During the Covid-19 crisis, he declared that the focus on Covid-19 was “distorting healthcare priorities and undermining treatment”, and that the government’s measures “may not stem the tide of contagion, but they will certainly lead to more business failures, mass unemployment, public distress and fractured lives”.

Simon Dolan

A British born self-made millionaire, entrepreneur and businessman resident in France and Monaco, Simon founded Keep Britain Free after launching a court case against the British government challenging the legality of the coronavirus lockdown, for which he started a Crowd Justice fund to finance legal costs. The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal relating to a Judicial Review into lockdown in December 2020, but Simon still actively campaigns for a Judicial Review into the Coronavirus Act and Regulations.

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Nigel Farage

British politician, activist, political commentator and broadcaster who served as leader of the Brexit Party. He was an MEP from 1999-2020. He is now the Reform UK leader. Recently (Jan 14, 2020 radio interview) when questioned about lockdown he said: ‘….I just have this feeling that economically and socially we are actually doing greater harm than anyone in the Government actually realises.’ He has called lockdown an ‘unspeakable cruelty’ and declared his support for the Great Barrington Declaration of ‘focused protection to those most at risk of the virus.’

Anthony Fauci

Anthony Stephen Fauci (American; born 1940) is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and Chief Medical Officer to the President of the United States of America (2021—). He also served as Chief Medical Officer to the previous President Donald Trump with whom he fell out of favour (Trump described him as ‘a disaster’) for promoting social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally not an advocate of mask wearing, he later expressed the view that double masks should be worn.

Neil Ferguson

Referred to as “Professor Lockdown” for his influential paper predicting 500,000 UK fatalities due to Covid-19 by December 2020, later revised to 250,000, Ferguson holds the Chair of Mathematical Biology and is head of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Vice-Dean for Academic Development in the Faculty of Medicine, all at Imperial College. He served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) using mathematical modelling to provide data to the government on non-pharmaceutical measures to prevent the spread Covid-19. He resigned after breaking social distancing rules during the height of lockdown restrictions. Ferguson still serves on at least two SAGE sub-committees: Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG)

Reiner Fuellmich

A German lawyer who practises law in Germany and the United States. He is one of four members of the German Corona Investigative Committee (July 10, 2020) which has been listening to a large number of international scientists’ and experts’ testimonies regarding Covid-19. He is issuing a class-action suit in the United States against Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the WHO, Dr Christan Drosten, head of Virology at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, and Dr Lothar Wieler, head of the RKI, the German equivalent of Public Health England, whom he claims have knowingly misled governments across the world.

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Bill Gates

After founding Microsoft with friend Paul Allen in 1975, Gates left in 2008 to devote his time and generated wealth to the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, established in 2000. Since then his focus has centred on the research and development of vaccines as well as involvement with technological developments in the financial sphere and funding the creation of EarthNow, a project involving satellite surveillance of the globe in real time video.

Mike Graham

A British journalist and radio presenter who presents The Independent Republic of Mike Graham on Talk Radio. He does a weekly interview on Talk Radio with lockdown sceptic and journalist Peter Hitchens. Graham initially supported the lockdown and clashed with Hitchens on the subject, but now supports ending lockdowns and reopening businesses.

Sunetra Gupta

Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, a novelist and translator, Gupta’s interest lies in the use of maths in biology and the evolution of human pathogens. An expert in infectious diseases, Gupta was the lead scientist behind the Oxford study disputing Imperial College’s coronavirus predictions that led to lockdown; her studies argue that, without reliable prevalence data, there is a possibility Covid-19 arrived in the UK far earlier than reported and over half of the UK population have already been infected. She points out that lockdown policies largely impact the poor through disruption of health services and deprivation of livelihoods, favours strict shielding for the sections of the population most susceptible to severe illness, and is one of the three principal signatories of the Great Barrington Declaration.

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Matt Hancock

Currently serving as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Welfare since 2018 in the Conservative government. He has been the elected MP for West Suffolk since 2010 and stood as a candidate in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election. Hancock studied for a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Exeter College, Oxford and, as a postgraduate student at Christ’s College, Cambridge, received an MPhil in Economics. Before serving as a government senior economic advisor, he was an economist at the Bank of England. Since the pandemic Hancock has self-isolated twice; once in March 2020, at the same time as the Prime Minister, when he tested positive for Covid-19 and experienced mild symptoms, then again in January 2021 on receiving a notification from the government’s track and trace app. Downing Street announced that Hancock will not receive the vaccine early although he is leading the pandemic response.

Dido Harding

Baroness Harding is leading the NHS Test and Trace Service. She is chairman of NHS Improvement. Harding says: ‘Our laboratories are well able to identify new variants and we do more than half all the genomic sequencing in the world….we’re in one of the leading positions worldwide to cope with mutations.’

Julia Hartley-Brewer

A political and current affairs writer and broadcaster. Now the host of the morning show on Talk Radio, she is a self-styled advocate for free speech and has challenged the evidence that lockdowns are a proportionate response to the Covid virus.

Carl Heneghan

Director of the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and NHS general practitioner working in urgent care, he has set up the Oxford Covid-19 Evidence Service. Heneghan signed an open letter to the UK Prime Minister arguing that only the vulnerable should be shielded, and that there should be an end to full national lockdowns. He has also argued that masks do not prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Peter Hitchens

Peter Jonathan Hitchens (English; born 1951) is a journalist who writes for the Daily Mail and is author of several books. He is the brother of the late Christopher Hitchens. He has moved from the left of revolutionary politics to being more politically conservative and Christian. He has been at the forefront among journalists in questioning the necessity of disproportionate lockdown measures in the United Kingdom as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Francis Hoar

A leading election lawyer who is also involved with constitutional cases, as well as specialising in public law, commercial law and employment law. He represented Simon Dolan in his judicial review of lockdown restrictions, and also outlined his opposition to Covid-19 regulations in a 1 Crown Office Row blog (1 COR) entitled Disproportionate Interference: the Coronavirus Regulations and the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights). This article argued that government Covid restrictions, were they challenged by judicial review, should be disapplied if necessary to avoid a breach of s 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

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John Ioannidis

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Stanford University. He expressed serious concern about the world’s reaction to the virus at the start of the outbreak last year, claiming there was not enough accurate data about the virus to justify lockdowns, and later argued that more severe lockdowns have not significantly reduced cases compared to less severe measures in Sweden and South Korea.

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Boris Johnson

Conservative party leader, Johnson was elected as the UK Prime Minister in July 2019. He was former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mayor of London. He negotiated the UK’s final exit deal from the European Union. Originally known for his libertarian views, Johnson’s initial response to the breaking news of an emerging pandemic in January 2020 was to follow Sweden’s management practices, but he finally elected to change course and adopt China’s unique lockdown strategy in late March. He is an enthusiastic advocate of environmental and ‘green’ policies.

Alan Jones

Jones hosted a popular Sydney breakfast radio program from 2002 until 2020. In his years as a broadcaster Jones has been involved in numerous defamation cases arising from his comments on radio. His controversial views on Australiaʼs handling of the Covid pandemic as being nothing more than hysteria (a description he has subsequently denied) have been labelled as dangerous. Following a broadcast in which he commented that medical research did not show categorically that lockdown or masks are effective, the Australian broadcast watchdog demanded that Jones retract and correct the statement he had made.

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Martin Kulldorff

Martin Kulldorff (Swedish; born 1962) is a co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration. He is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and is also a biostatistician and epidemiologist who has developed several free statistical packages for disease monitoring.

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Michael Levitt

The Professor is a Biophysicist and Fellow of The Royal Society. Possessing dual nationality, he currently works for Stanford University in the USA. His achievements include winning a Nobel Prize for Chemistry, carrying out pioneering work on the molecular structure of essential biological components, original research on proteins, and biological computer modelling. After analysing the data, formula and system used for Imperial College London’s model, he challenged the predictions made by Professor Neil Fergusson on the projected fatalities due to SARS CoV-2 and also the latter’s recommended course of action.

Kary B. Mullis

Born in 1944 (d.7 August 2019), Dr Mullis was a biochemist who shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method. A method of amplifying DNA, PCR multiplies a single, microscopic strand of genetic material billions of times within hours. The process has multiple applications in medicine, genetics, biotechnology, and forensics. It is the PCR technology that is being widely used to test for COVID-19.

Judy Mikovits

Dr Judy Mikovits, PHD is a retired American Molecular Biologist, virologist and researcher. She is best known for her work on cancer at the US National Cancer Institute, retroviruses, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. She has been publicly critical of alleged corruption in some scientific circles, lockdown strategies and public wearing of masks as methods of controlling viruses. She has also co-authored several books, including ‘Plague’ and ‘The Case Against Masks’.

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Maajid Nawaz

Describing himself as a “liberal Muslim”, Nawaz is a radio presenter, columnist and political activist. He is co-founder and Chairman of Quilliam, a non-partisan international organisation that conducts research into radicalisation, extremism and terrorism, engaging and advising governments and oppositions in over 20 countries. A former anti-extremist advisor to David Cameron, he now concerns himself with promoting pluralism, conversation, tolerance and democracy whilst countering extremism.

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Priti Patel

Conservative MP for Witham since 2010. She served as International Development Secretary in Theresa May’s government before having to resign in 2017. In July 2019 she was appointed Home Secretary in Boris Johnson’s administration. The points-based immigration system launched by Patel became effective in January 2021.

Allison Pearson

A well- known journalist and chief interviewer of the Daily Telegraph, specialising in cultural comment. She provides an evidence-based analysis combined with personal points of view on current topics in the news and of interest to readers. This includes challenging the government narratives and its frequent issues of guidance, pieces of legislation and mandates in relation to its efforts to manage Covid-19 infections. She also writes about her impressions of the impacts the above actions are having on the economy, society, our rights and freedoms, and looks at these in relation to the effects on individuals and different sectors of the population. Since May 2020 she has co-hosted a weekly pod-cast, called Planet Normal with Liam Halligan.

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Karina Reiss

German born, Dr Reiss is associate professor at Kiel University. She has published over sixty articles in the fields of cell biology, biochemistry, inflammation, and infection. She is the co-author of ‘Corona False Alarm? Facts and Figures’ with Dr Sucharit Bhakdi, published in June 2020.The book questions the justification for measures such as ‘lockdown’, ‘social distancing’ and ‘mandatory masking’ and their ramifications for society.

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Klaus Schwab

Born in Germany in 1938, he is the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2011 he established the Global Shapers Community to advance the involvement of younger people in global decision making. In 2018 his book, ‘Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ was published and the WEF’s Davos Manifesto, relaunched in 2020, promotes ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’ as the dominant model for the future.

Karol Sikora

Professor Sikora is an established authority on cancer and former director of the World Health Organisation’s cancer ­programme. He has published over 300 books and was the founding editor of the academic journals Gene Therapy and Cancer Strategy. Sikora has questioned the Covid consensus and queried the need for harsh lockdowns, challenging the suspension by the NHS of various forms of treatment, including for cancer.

John Snow

Born March 1813 (d. June 1858), he was an English physician and is viewed as the father of contemporary epidemiology. He made a study comparing waterborne cholera cases in two regions of London—one receiving sewage-contaminated water and the other receiving relatively clean water. Snow’s reasoning and approach to the control of this deadly disease remains valid and is considered exemplary for epidemiologists throughout the world.

Jonathan Sumption

Lord Sumption is a British author, medieval historian and former senior judge who sat on the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom between 2012-2018. Sumption has become the most eloquent critic of the government’s response to Covid 19, warning of creeping totalitarianism in the government’s actions which, he says, threaten Britain’s constitutional system and its freedoms. He says, ‘Most of the lockdown’s legal restrictions are based on powers given under The Public Health Act (1984) to control the spread of infectious diseases.’ He argues that the government is acting unlawfully because the Act only authorises restrictions on infected people. He says the measures taken ‘…were the most significant interference with personal freedom in the history of our country. I do not doubt the seriousness of the epidemic, but I believe that history will look back on the measures taken to contain it as a moment of collective hysteria and governmental folly.’

Rishi Sunak

He became the Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) in May 2015 and was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer on 13 February 2020. Sunak launched both the furlough scheme and the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS) in 2020 in a bid to support workers struggling with the impacts of lockdown. The Chancellor has extended this support a number of times and it is due to run to the end of April 2021.

Patrick Vallance

Currently holds the Chief Scientific Adviser post for the government, having joined in March 2018 to lead the Government Office for Science. Prior to this he was head of research and development (R&D) at pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. He has been one of the key experts advising the government during the pandemic. Despite the vaccines he argues there may still be a need for coronavirus measures and restrictions in the next flu season in winter 2021.

Jonathan Van Tam

Professor Van Tam has clinical academic training in public health medicine. He has been one of three Deputy Chief Medical Officers to the UK government since October 2017. Prior to this he was Chair of NERVTAG for 3 years and has served on SAGE advising on pandemic preparedness. He also provides influenza consultancy services to the WHO Previous roles include 2 different positions at Nottingham University, and between 2000 and 2004 he held posts within 3 pharmaceutical companies working on vaccines. He has publicly endorsed a continuation of lockdown restrictions and a regular universal programme of administering the new vaccines for an (undefined) extended time period.

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Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer for the British Government, previously professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and a consultant physician. He is leading the government’s response to the virus and in public information campaigns has said that compliance with lockdown rules is vital to prevent the spread of the virus.

Dan Wootton

A broadcaster, columnist and award-winning journalist, Wootton will become a presenter for the brand new television programme GB News this spring. The new TV news channel has made a commitment to “impartial journalism” ; it will be regulated by Ofcom. In March Wootton will also join MailOnline as a columnist. He has hosted his own programme ‘The Dan Wootton Show’ on TalkRadio, which holds discussions on key topics of the day; it supports a ‘no cancel’ or anti ‘woke’ and anti-censorship approach to controversial speakers and subjects, including lockdowns. Wootton’s most recent position was Executive Editor for The Sun, which he joined in 2013.

Mike Yeadon

Retired Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Pfizer’s Pharmaceutical Company, and researcher of immunology and respiratory disease. He is critical of the British Government’s response to the virus, its understanding of immunity, its use of the PCR test, and the lack of proper safety procedures for experimental new types of vaccine.

Toby Young

Young is an English journalist, who sometimes writes for the ‘Telegraph’, an author, a critic and analyst. He co-founded several free schools and formerly held the position of Director of the New Schools Network, a free schools charity. A social liberal whose political views align with progressive economic conservatism, he founded the Free Speech Union at the beginning of 2020, currently serving as its General Secretary and one of its directors. Shortly afterwards in early April 2020 he set up a website and associated daily journal ‘Lockdown Sceptics’ which has an international membership, including professionals from fields such as medicine, scientific research, education, economics and law, in addition to members of the public in the UK and other countries. He also works as an associate editor for 2 periodicals: ‘The Spectator’ and ‘Quillette’, and is Contributing Editor of ‘The Critic’.