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The BMJ interview: Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, on covid-19

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4235 (Published 04 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4235

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Re: The BMJ interview: Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, on covid-19

Dear Editor,

I am disappointed that the opportunity was not taken to ask Whitty about the PCR test. He knows as everyone knows that it cannot be specific for covid-19 even under the most optimal of circumstances. He needs to provide the public with some clarity on this issue. We are implementing too many divisive and detrimental policy steps based upon myriad false positives.

Competing interests: My research includes work on vaccine safety funded by the MRC, CMSRI and a number of independent donation to Keele University.

11 November 2020
Christopher Exley
Scientist
Keele University
The Birchall Centre