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For the past three months Channel 4 Dispatches have been investigating Andrew Wakefield’s great American comeback. The British doctor, struck off for his misleading claims about vaccinations and the MMR scare, Andrew Wakefield has reinvented himself and claims to have the ear of the President of the United States.
Dispatches have uncovered new details about the relationship between President Trump and the disgraced British doctor Andrew Wakefield. The two men met last August, now Dispatches have uncovered recordings of Wakefield in which he talks up their relationship and claims that Trump agrees with his discredited theories about vaccines.
Donald Trump believes that combined vaccines like Measles, Mumps and Rubella cause brain disorders. Since 2012 he has tweeted over 20 times linking multiple or combined vaccines with autism. And yet, there is no credible scientific evidence to support Trump’s views. All vaccines – combined or not –have been tested comprehensively, and there have been seventeen major studies disproving the link between the MMR jab and autism.
This Dispatches investigation discovers Trump’s anti-science agenda aligning with the anti-vax movement, disgraced Doctor Wakefield’s increasing prominence in the United States coinciding with weakening confidence in vaccinations from the American public and a subsequent rise in cases of preventable and lethal diseases.
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- Episode Title : Trump, The Doctor and The Vaccine Scandal
- Format : 1 x 30'
- Production company : Hardcash Productions
- Year of production : 2017
- Commissioning channels : C4
- Availability : 09/05/2017