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


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.



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.


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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