Andrew Wakefeld, one of the “biggest frauds in the world”, and the origins of the anti vaccine scam

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The origins of ‘one of the biggest frauds in the world’

22 October 2021|Medicine

In 1998, now-disgraced British doctor Andrew Wakefield wrote a study falsely claiming that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine caused autism in children. This disinformation generated mass panic, and subsequently a vastly popular anti-vaccination movement that still has major consequences today.

Watch the full documentary on BBC Select.

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09zhlch/the-origins-of-one-of-the-biggest-frauds-in-the-world-

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A respected British medical journal, The Lancet, retracted a study that the childhood vaccine MMR triggers autism. Richard Roth reports on the controversy debated for more than a decade.

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Thirteen years ago, Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor, published an article linking the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism. This caused a drop in the number of children vaccinated, and put many more at risk to measles, mumps and rubella. Now, after a lengthy investigation, the British Medical Journal says Wakefield’s report has been discredited. He has been stripped of his medical licence and is being called a fraud.

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