Respectful Insolence: When new school antivaxxer Steve Kirsch met old school antivaxxer Andrew Wakefield

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When new school antivaxxer Steve Kirsch met old school antivaxxer Andrew Wakefield

Steve Kirsch interviewed Andrew Wakefield, demonstrating that there is no distance between “new school” and “old school” antivaxxers anymore. Also, they are antivaccine, with Wakefield saying there is no safe vaccine.

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By Orac Post date June 13, 2022

Recently, I’ve been writing about the “new school” antivaccine movement that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic to oppose COVID-19 vaccines is becoming increasingly indistinguishable from “old school” antivaxxers, the ones who falsely claimed that vaccines cause autism, autoimmune diseases, the “sickest generation” of children, and even death. In particular, I saw this confluence at the Better Way Conference held in Bath, England last month, where new school antivaxxers like Robert Malone were echoing old school antivaxxer Del Bigtree‘s attacks on the children’s immunization schedule, which included hoary old antivax tropes, such as “too many too soon.”

Steve Kirsch, as readers might remember, is a former tech bro and entrepreneur who started out during the pandemic as a semi-reasonable advocate for testing repurposed drugs to combat COVID-19 and fund research into such treatments. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for him to go full conspiracy crank and, more recently, full tilt antivaccine. Indeed, last month he hosted a conference at which he claimed based on an Internet survey introduced on his Substack that COVID-19 vaccines had killed a half a million people. These days, he’s been reduced to begging experts on public health and infectious disease to “debate me” in order to “prove” that vaccines are safe.

And, apparently, to interviewing Andrew Wakefield after lamenting a “hit piece” by the New York Timesfrom 2019.

Read the rest here:

https://respectfulinsolence.com/2022/06/13/kirsch-met-old-school-antivaxxer-andrew-wakefield/

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Steve Kirsch’s Newslatter

My Andrew Wakefield interview

The NY Times wrote a hit piece on Andrew Wakefield recently. They couldn’t reach him for comment. But I could. He had a lot to say. Turns out we are repeating history.

Steve Kirsch

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Andrew Wakefield was right.

I had the honor to interview him for 90 minutes to get clarity on all the misinformation I’ve heard.

He challenged the status quo and paid the price for telling the truth. He exposed the fact that all childhood vaccines are dangerous. Kids who are not vaccinated at all are uniformly better off than kids who are.

The childhood vaccines are so dangerous that the CDC refuses to collect the data to show how safe they are. No joke. They know the vaccines are dangerous, collecting data wouldn’t change that.

No qualified medical professional has ever agreed to debate RFK Jr. on vaccine safety. The same is true for Andrew Wakefield.

Read the rest here:

https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/im-interviewing-andrew-wakefield?s=r

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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.

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

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