Andrew Wakefield infamously published a paper in the journal Lancet, which was later retracted, that some say started the modern anti-vaccine movement.
At the press conference for the study, in 1998, he said:
Again, this was very contentious and you would not get consensus from all members of the group on this, but that is my feeling, that the, the risk of this particular syndrome developing is related to the combined vaccine, the MMR, rather than the single vaccines.
Since then, Wakefield:
- created a company to make a replacement for the MMR vaccine (1999)
- watched rates of MMR vaccination drop to new lows in the UK
- has 10 of 13 co-authors of his paper issue a partial retraction (2004)
- observed increasing numbers of measles outbreaks in the UK (2006)
- gets investigated by the General Medical Council (2007)
- has his paper fully retracted by the Lancet and he is erased from the medical register (2010)
Wakefield then moves to the United States to become an autism “expert” and later begins to make anti-vaccine movies.
For more information:
- Exposed: Andrew Wakefield and the MMR-autism fraud
- Brian Deer: the Lancet scandal
- The fall of Andrew Wakefield
- Secrets of the MMR Scare Timeline
- Andrew Wakefield’s many statements that MMR causes autism
- Andrew Wakefield
- Andrew Wakefield discredited – a collection of his attacks on vaccines
- Andrew Wakefield Has Never Been, and Never Will Be, Exonerated
- Andrew Wakefield Tortures History
- Reviewing Andrew Wakefield’s VAXXED : Antivaccine propaganda at its most pernicious