Who are the BIRD Group?

The British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Group (BIRD) is a truly grassroots initiative bringing together clinicians, health researchers and patient representatives from all around the world to advocate for the use of ivermectin against covid-19.


Our Story

The seed was planted late in December, when Dr. Tess Lawrie watched Dr. Pierre Kory of the Front-Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) testify before the US Senate on the potential of ivermectin for prevention and treatment of covid-19.  She looked into the data and decided to conduct a rapid systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the data for herself.  She was struck by the seeming efficacy of the drug in reducing mortality and morbidity, and, as a doctor, considered it her duty to inform the UK health authorities about this potential breakthrough treatment.

Dr Tess Lawrie

She wrote to the authorities, and when no one replied, she made a video appeal directly to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Early in January, Dr. Tess Lawrie and a small team from the Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy in Bath, came together to plan the first meeting of the British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Group, inviting health professionals and patient representatives to share with them the evidence from her rapid systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19.   On Wednesday, the 13th of January, 2021, Dr. Lawrie presented the evidence to 20 experts and stakeholders from the USA, Belgium, South Africa and the UK, including 13 clinicians and medical researchers, and seven public/consumer/media representatives.  The meeting was chaired by Prof. Jim Neilson from the University of Liverpool. The consensus that emerged from this initial meeting was that the evidence that ivermectin prevents morbidity and mortality from Covid-19 was so compelling, that further placebo-controlled clinical trials of ivermectin (versus no ivermectin) for treatment of covid-19 would be unethical.

The next BIRD group meeting, held a month later, was attended by over 60 experts from around the world who evaluated the updated evidence on ivermectin for covid-19 and subsequently made a recommendation document for the implementation of ivermectin for covid-19, using the standard procedures for guideline development as described in the World Health Organization Handbook for Guideline Development.   The attendees of this second meeting make up the core of the BIRD group, and have continued to actively engage with its aims in a number of ways.

The BIRD document was widely disseminated to government health authorities and agencies in the UK and a number of other countries.

In over two days in May, BIRD organized and hosted the first International Ivermectin for Covid Conference, featuring talks and discussions from 12 world-class medical researchers, frontline medics and data analysts. The event, hastily assembled in just 10 days by the BIRD group, was unwavering in its mission; to share the most up-to-date evidence on ivermectin for prevention and treatment of Covid-19, and to overcome regulatory obstacles that currently prevent GPs from prescribing it to save and improve lives.

In the meantime, Dr. Lawrie has worked tirelessly to get the message about ivermectin out:  she has given countless interviews, testified in court on behalf of organisations advocating for the authorization of ivermectin, and made presentations to government and medical professional groups all around the world.

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Affiliated Organisations

FLCCC Alliance

United States

The FLCCC Alliance was organized in March, 2020 by a group of highly published, world renowned Critical Care physician/scholars – with the academic support of allied physicians from around the world – to research and develop lifesaving protocols for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in all stages of illness.


World Doctors Alliance


An independent non-profit alliance of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and staff around the world who have united in the wake of the Covid-19 response chapter to share experiences with a view to ending all lockdowns and related damaging measures and to re-establish universal health determinance of psychological and physical wellbeing for all humanity.

Médicos pela Vida

Doctors 4 Life – Brasil

Doctors for life in Brazil support BIRD’s position and conclusions that contradict the WHO and claim there is much evidence to recommend ivermectin for covid-19, and each postponed day costs many lives.

Long Covid-19 Foundation

United Kingdom

Long Covid-19 Foundation’s vision is to create a world where no life is lost or ruined by Long Covid.

Dr Valentina Viduto (PhD), Founder of Long Covid-19 Foundation


Covid Medical Network Australia

Covid Medical Network


We are a group of senior medical doctors and health professionals concerned about the health impacts of the lockdowns used in response to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks in Victoria and across Australia.


Canadian Covid Care Alliance


Our alliance of independent Canadian doctors, scientists and health care practitioners is committed to providing top-quality and balanced evidence-based information to the Canadian public about COVID-19 so that hospitalizations can be reduced, lives saved, and our country safely restored as quickly as possible.


Transformative Health Justice (THJ)

South Africa

Doctors for Covid Ethics


We are doctors and scientists from 30 countries, seeking to uphold medical ethics, patient safety and human rights in response to COVID-19.


Association BonSens


Citizens, artisans, entrepreneurs, peasants, lawyers, workers, scientists, doctors, teachers … people of good will and common sense have decided to act to face the health and ecological challenges that the world will face in the coming decades .


Alliance for Natural Health International


ANH-Intl is a global non-governmental organisation promoting natural and sustainable approaches to health and environmental care. Our mission is to help reduce the burden of chronic, degenerative diseases that lead to a unnecessary loss of quality of life and threaten to cripple healthcare systems and economies. 




To inform, disseminate and enlighten ASAP the healthcare professionals and all those involved in the care and management of the current Covid-19 pandemic.


Physicians for Informed Consent


The mission of Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC) is to deliver data on infectious diseases and vaccines, and unite doctors, scientists, healthcare professionals, attorneys, and families who support voluntary vaccination.


International Covid Summit

12-14 September 2021 – Rome

The INTERNATIONAL COVID SUMMIT will have some of the best medical professionals worldwide, representing the thousands of others who successfully treat Covid patients everyday. These medical professionals will have the opportunity to compare and discuss their research findings and experiences in a live, uncensored worldwide feed.



Key Supporters of BIRD

The following Health and other professionals support Bird’s objective in seeking approval for ivermectin for covid-19.

Dr. Tess Lawrie


Tess is the Director of E-BMC Ltd, and EbMCsquared, a community interest research company. Tess 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.

Dr. Fahmida Shaik

Research Clinician Department of Dermatology Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine University of KwaZulu Natal South Africa​

” As clinicians and scientists in South Africa, it is imperative that we seek therapeutic options for COVID-19 that are beneficial, easily available, cost effective and have proven safety profiles. There is also the urgency presented by the epidemic, as well as the threat of emerging variants with higher transmission rates. After extensively reviewing currently available data; the benefit, minimal side effects and modes of action support ivermectin as a strong therapeutic candidate for prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19. In pandemic circumstances, where morbidity and mortality are overwhelming, and there is evidence that ivermectin has benefit, how can we justify dismissing the evidence in favour of its use? “

Prof. Colleen Aldous

Professor for Health Sciences Research in the College of Health Sciences of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.​

“The body of evidence showing the efficacy of ivermectin in preventing and treating covid-19 is such that an alpha error in judgement should be made globally where vaccines are still inaccessible to many, and people are dying of the disease.”

Dr. Jill Rasmussen

Dr. Jill Rasmussen has a special interest in mental health dementia and learning disability.  She combines work in the NHS with her independent consultancy psi-napse.

“I support the BIRD campaign because I am interested in the broad manifestations of disorders particularly effects on the central nervous system.”

Prof. Olufemi Emmanuel Babalola

Professor of ophthalmology
Consultant ophthalmologist Rachel Eye Center, IP HOD Surgery, Bingham University, Jos/Karu. Vice President, MEACO. President, Guild of Medical Directors

Dr. G. Karl Snæbjörnsson

Dr. G. Karl Snæbjörnsson, is a General practitioner empowering people with information and rights to make their own best choice.

Prof. Morimasa Yagisawa

Visiting Professor, Infection Control Research Center Kitasato University Omura Satoshi Memorial Institute​

Dr. Anisa Mosam

MB ChB, FC Derm(SA), MMed, PhD​

Associate Professor Department of Dermatology, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine , University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Dr. Michael McConville

Vocationally trained in general practice at the University of Manchester in 1987/88 by the  wonderful NHS. Now works in the Republic of Ireland.

Dr. Jose Luis Abreu​

Dr. Jose Luis Abreu is a research professor at The State University of Nuevo Leon and the President of Spenta University Mexico, in Monterrey, Mexico.

Dr. Shashikanth Manikappa

Specialist Anaesthetist I Cardiac Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Melbourne Australia

I have been using Ivermectin since May 2020 with excellent outcomes. It is safe, effective and can be used for both prophylaxis and treatment.

The Recommendation Document was endorsed by the following:

Umberto Meduri, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Memphis VA Medical Center (123) 1030 Jefferson Avenue, Suite room #CW444 Memphis TN 38104 United States of America

Fred Wagshul, MD Pulmonologist & Med. Dir., Lung Center of America, Clinical Instructor, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Colleen Aldous, PhD Professor of Medical Research College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, 719 Umbilo Rd, SCM laboratory, Main Building Durban 4001, South Africa

Fahmida Shaik, MD, MBChB (Natal), MClinPharm (UKZN) Research Clinician, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu Natal 719 Umbilo Road, Durban 4001, South Africa

Dr Aurence Nkosinathi Mdladla, MD, Associate Professor Chief of ICU, Sefako Makgatho University, Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital Pathology Building, Office no. N358 Molotlegi Street, Ga-Rankua Zone 1, Ga-Rankua, 0208, South Africa

Anisa Mosam, MD PhD, Associate Professor in Dermatology Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of Kwazulu Natal,, Rm 327 3rd Floor, Main Building Medical School, 719 Umbilo Rd,, Durban South Africa

Soo Downe, Professor of Midwifery Studies UCLan, Preston PR1 2HE, United Kingdom [email protected],  

Dr Lucy Kerr, MD, Sonimage Director, President of Kerr Institute – São Paulo, Brazil, Avenida Brigadeiro Luiz Antônio, 2504 – 2º andar, Jardim Paulista, 01402-000 São Paulo, Brazil

The members of the BIRD Recommendation Development Panel included:

Prof. Jose Luis Abreu Quinter (Mexico)

Dr. Gustavo Aguirre-Chang (Peru)

Prof. Olufemi Babalola (Nigeria)

Prof. Ira Bernstein (Canada)

Mr. Mark Bradley (UK)

Dr. Tau Braun (USA)

Prof. Hector Eduardo Carvallo (Argentina)

Dr. David Chesler (USA)

Ms. Emma-May Chitty (UK)

Dr. Christine Clark (UK)

Mr. Ian Clayton (UK)

Mr. Roger Felber (UK)

Mr. Kenneth Finlayson (UK)

Dr. Edmund Fordham (UK)

Dr. Yasmin George (UK)

Dr. Marie Gerval (UK)

Dr. Martin Gill (South Africa)

Mrs. Jane Green (UK)

Dr. Rebecca Hall (UK)

Mrs. Sally Harrison (UK)

Dr. Jennifer Hibberd (Canada)

Dr. Vicky Hildreth (UK)

Dr. Shaun Hiu (UK)

Prof. Justus Hofmeyr (South Africa/Botswana)

Dr. Wendy Hoy (Australia)

Dr. Christopher Hughes (UK)

Ms. Juliet Johnson (UK)

Dr. Rosemond Jones (UK)

Dr. Denise Kelly (Ireland)

Prof. Pierre Kory (USA)

Dr. Allan Landrito (The Phillipines)

Dr. Michael McConville (Ireland)

Dr. Abbi Lulsegged (UK)

Dr. Shashikanth Manikappa (Australia)

Mr. Gavin McKinley (UK)

Mr. Gez Medinger (UK)

Dr. Eunice Minford (UK)

Prof. Biswa Mohan Padhy (India)

Mr. Antoine Guérin de Montgareuil (France)

Dr. Arabella Onslow (UK)

Ms. Jessica Peers (UK)

Ms. Agnes Pinnel (Hungary)

Ms. Linda Rae (UK)

Prof. Linda Rapson (Canada)

Dr. Jill Rasmussen (UK)

Ms. Margarita Reygan (UK)

Dr. Jon Rogers (UK)

Mr. Jon Spiteri (UK)

Mr. Chris Street (UK)

Emeritus Prof. Geoffrey Taylor (Australia)

Dr. Robert Taylor (UK)

Ms. Seema Taylor (UK)

Prof. Hannah Vowles (UK)

Dr. Deborah Waller (UK)

Dr. Marc Wathelet (Belgium)

Dr. Robert Watkins (UK)

Prof. Morimasa Yagisawa (Japan)

Mr. David Rose (UK)

and Dr. Michael Yeadon (UK). Emeritus Prof. Jim Neilson served as Chair of the BIRD Recommendation Development Panel.    

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