Wakefield Hoped To Make Millions Off Vaccination Panic

The British Medical Journal recently published the second part of Brian Deer’s dissection of Andrew Wakefield’s vaccine scam. In it, Deer follows the money and shows how the discredited ex-doc planned to make millions by whipping up fear and mistrust of the MMR vaccine. Seems Wakefield wasn’t just getting paid to put together evidence for a class action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, he also stood to make a fortune by selling an alternative to the standard MMR vaccine and through a test he developed for Crohn’s disease.

For more detail, you can read the BMJ article which is quite good (but also quite long and a tad dry). Or, for a shorter, audio summary of the piece, have a listen to this week’s Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. It’s the second segment, starting at about the 13:50 mark. (The first segment is about a new exo-planet! Exo-planets are cool!)

Author: Paul Dechene

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