Andrew Wakefield

Andrew Wakefield could very well be reason 37 people died in Europe between January and June. Wakefield all but created the modern anti-vaccination movement with the research that was later characterized this way by the British Medical Journal:

Who perpetrated this fraud? There is no doubt that it was Wakefield. Is it possible that he was wrong, but not dishonest: that he was so incompetent that he was unable to fairly describe the project, or to report even one of the 12 children’s cases accurately? No. A great deal of thought and effort must have gone into drafting the paper to achieve the results he wanted: the discrepancies all led in one direction; misreporting was gross. Moreover, although the scale of the GMC’s 217 day hearing precluded additional charges focused directly on the fraud, the panel found him guilty of dishonesty concerning the study’s admissions criteria, its funding by the Legal Aid Board, and his statements about it afterwards.

This has led to the story by WHO, “Measles cases hit record high in the European Region“, which reports that the number of reported incidents have gone from 5,273 for the entire 2016 to over 41,000 in the first half of 2018.

Measles kill, despite what survivors of the disease believe. Yes, in Denmark we got the numbers down to 1 dead per 12,000 infected in the 1960’s and had Europe been as prepared as we were, the number of deaths this year would have been a magnitude lower.

Only, if parents had vaccinated their children, the number could have been 0.

We were actually on the path to eradicate measles. In some estimates 2015 was possibly the last year of any measles incidents and millions of deaths would be averted.

That was not to be.

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