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Dear Public Health England,

I am requesting information you hold on reliability of PCR tests and how effective covid 19 measures really are. I would also like all the information on vaccine effectiveness and the true death figures

Yours faithfully,
Alistair Davis

FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr Davis,

We acknowledge receipt of your email and request for information, which will be treated as a request for information under statutory access legislation.

Please note that requests under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) will receive a response within 20 working days from the day following the date of receipt of your request.

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We will aim to address all requests promptly and within the required response timeframes. However when we are unable to meet the response timeframe we will keep requesters updated on a revised expected timescale for a response to their request. The Information Commissioner recognises this position in its recent guidance, see link: https://ico.org.uk/global/data-protectio...

Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920
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FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL
Dear Alistair Davis,

Thank you for your email dated 31 January 2021.

PHE can confirm that it doesn't hold the information in the way that you have requested, however, under Section 16 of the FOI Act, public authorities have a duty to provide advice and assistance.

Request

I am requesting information you hold on reliability of PCR tests and how effective covid 19 measures really are. I would also like all the information on vaccine effectiveness and the true death figures

Response

Reliability of PCR tests
PHE can confirm it does not hold the data for the reliability of PCR swab tests.

In June 2020, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) published a briefing paper on the impact of false positives and false negatives in the United Kingdom's COVID-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing programme.

The briefing paper states that the United Kingdom operational false positive rate is unknown, and an attempt has been made to estimate the likely false-positive rate of national COVID-19 testing programmes by examining data from published external quality assessments (EQAs) for RT-PCR assays for other ribonucleic acid viruses carried out between 2004-2019. Results of 43 EQAs were examined, giving a median false positive rate of 2.3%. The paper can be accessed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

How effective covid 19 measures really are
PHE can confirm it does not hold the information you have specified.

PHE is a scientific advisory agency, who do not make policy decisions, decisions regarding measures are made by the Cabinet Office, who may be able to advise you further. Their contact details can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Information on vaccine effectiveness
PHE can confirm it does not hold the information you have specified.

However, regulatory approval for a series of vaccines has been granted, information of which you can find on each vaccine below.

Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Additionally, you may wish to contact the MHRA for further information: [email address]

True death figures
PHE can confirm that it does not hold the information in the way that you have requested.

Mortality figures are recorded by the government dashboard and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) record daily data for all deaths.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationa...

Yours sincerely,

Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920

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