Follow Up Letter
to Dr June Raine,
Chief Executive, MHRA

Dr Tess Lawrie MBBCh, DFSRH, PhD

Tess, as director of E-BMC Ltd, is committed to improving the quality of healthcare through rigorous research. Her range of research expertise, based on research experience in both developing and developed countries, uniquely positions her to evaluate and design research for a variety of healthcare settings. Tess is a frequent member of technical teams responsible for developing international guidelines. Her peer-reviewed publications have received in excess of 3000 citations and her ResearchGate score is among the top 5% of ResearchGate members.


On 9th June 2021, Dr Tess Lawrie of the Evidence-based Medicine Consultancy wrote an open letter to Dr June Raine, Chief Executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The letter came about as a result of our collaboration with Dr Lawrie in which we analysed and identified emerging patterns in the reports made by the public and healthcare professionals to the MHRA’s Yellow Card scheme for COVID-19 vaccine adverse reactions.

The patterns we saw emerging, particularly ones that weren’t immediately obvious due to the format in which the MHRA reports the reactions and the limited data they contained, were worrying.

Since the original letter, the eventual response received from Dr Raine was dismissive of our concerns and claimed that serious reactions and deaths reported were unsubstantiated and coincidental.

Despite the letter calling for an immediate halt of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout while further, more detailed, analysis of the Yellow Card reports data was made, the rollout has continued with ever younger people being encouraged to undergo the treatment.  Expansion of the temporary use authorisation of the Pfizer product to young teens has also happened and many schools are now preparing vaccination programmes for the autumn term.  Healthcare workers are also facing job loss if they do not comply with a new mandate to have a COVID-19 vaccination. 

An Updated Letter

The lack of concern and urgency from the MHRA combined with the continued growth in both adverse reactions and fatalities reported to the Yellow Card Scheme led Dr Lawrie to write a further letter on 9th August 2021.

In it she points out that the lack of granularity of the reporting (e.g. age, gender, health status of recipients, which dose the reaction relates to, time lapse from vaccine to reaction etc) means that not only is it impossible to carry out any detailed analysis that could provide better insights into specific at risk groups, but it also prevents the public from becoming fully informed about side effects and therefore unable to give fully informed consent to vaccination.

The letter also highlights that the fatality rate (deaths per million doses) is 28 times higher than the influenza vaccines along with several other key statistics showing that not only are the vaccines not preventing COVID-19 deaths but are actually adding to deaths and hospitalisations from all causes.

Once again, Dr Lawrie has called for an immediate halt to the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Read the full letter