Michael Yeadon is a former employee of Pfizer, credentialed with a PhD in respiratory pharmacology. Despite his background, he has persistently argued that the pandemic is not as severe as mainstream scientists believe.

In September 2020, he claimed that around 90% of positive tests since May were false positives, and has described PCR testing as "lethal" because it fuelled fear and restrictions.

In a blog post dated the 16th of October 2020, he argued that the pandemic was "effectively over" because of his claim that only a minority of the population remained susceptible to infection. Citing a paper by John Ioannidis, he claimed that "a fair estimate of the IFR is 0.2%."

He added that there was "no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic" and that it could "easily be handled by a properly functioning NHS. Accordingly, the country should immediately be permitted to get back to normal life."

For a detailed refutation of Michael Yeadon's claims, see this analysis of his arguments and the evidence against them in the UnHerd article The trouble with Covid denialism.

Example contributions

"Limited, regional outbreaks will be self-limiting and the pandemic is effectively over. This matches current evidence, with COVID-19 deaths remaining a fraction of what they were in spring, despite numerous questionable practices, all designed to artificially increase the number of apparent COVID-19 deaths."

"What SAGE Has Got Wrong", Lockdown Sceptics, 29 November 2020

"Because of the high false positive rate and the low prevalence, almost every positive test, a so-called case, identified by Pillar 2 since May of this year has been a FALSE POSITIVE. Not just a few percent. Not a quarter or even a half of the positives are FALSE, but around 90% of them."

"Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics – the Deadly Danger of False Positives", Lockdown Sceptics, 20 September 2020

*"Science can’t halt the lethal PCR testing. There are in & around our government many guilt men. I wish them all poor sleep, a restlessness which will never leave them, an inability to look themselves directly in the mirror, that hollow feeling when they lift a grandchild.

*"because we are unable to have confidence, we cannot use it to guide when the ending begins. The effect is to keep much of the economy, civil society & the health system at a low ebb with predictable cost of innocent lives."

Twitter, 27 October 2020

"There’s no evidence of gross excess deaths in England (EuroMOMO feed is a feed of raw total deaths by week & age band). There’s also no evidence of excess deaths, even in the band which should contain 99% of genuine Covid19 deaths. Neither are consistent with an o/g pandemic."

Twitter, 24 October 2020

"In brief: the pandemic was over by June and herd immunity was the main force which turned the pandemic and pressed it into retreat. In the autumn, the claimed “cases” are an artefact of a deranged testing system"

"In case you’re still not convinced and think several hundred people are dying of COVID-19 each day, please watch this 10 min explainer video, created by data scientist Joel Smalley. By the end you will appreciate how the difference between reporting date and date of occurrence in relation to deaths and the large difference in this regard between COVID-19 deaths, most of which occur in hospital, and non-COVID-19 deaths, many of which happen at home, gives at any moment an impression of excess deaths which, when corrected for this differential delay, collapses into nothing or into such a small signal that surely it’s not faintly a public health concern."

"The PCR False Positive Pseudo-Epidemic", Lockdown Sceptics, 30 November 2020

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