The words on the screen match a voice saying, "I have waited a long time to tell my story.” The filmmakers describe the voice as that of William Thompson, a whistleblower at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The documentary, "VAXXED - From Cover-up to Controversy," aims to reveal the alleged destruction of data from the CDC's 2004 study showing a link between the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine and autism.
Continues Thompson, "I was involved in deceiving millions of taxpayers regarding the potential negative side effects of vaccines."
But, the filmmaker is as controversial as the documentary. His 1998 study linking the measles vaccine to autism has been widely discredited. Nonetheless, he stands by his study. Says Wakefield, “Every single thing in that study is true, accurate and has been reproduced around the world.”
He believes he's been unfairly misunderstood. Says Wakefield, “It’s been said around the world by the media that MMR causes autism. We did not. Explicitly, we said this does not prove an association… it needs more work.”
But, now this new film from Wakefield, which he and the producers claim is not anti-vaccine, but instead paints paints a picture of corruption within the Centers for Disease Control, is still overshadowed by the director’s history.
- Recently dropped from the Tribeca Film Festival by founder and actor Robert DeNiro, , the documentary will now be showing in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles. But, all of those involved say it only points to concerns over the MMR triple dosing. They say they support a single dose but, more importantly, they say - it’s a whistle-blowers story.
In a scene from the documentary Wakefield says, “The CDC knew all along there was this MMR autism risk.”
That, he says, is what his new film is about. Though, as he recalls, it was his 1998 study about a measles-autism risk he shared with the British Government hoping there would be more research and “that was not what was happening… they attacked the messenger and we are now 20 years down the line and in a state of complete confusion," says Andrew Wakefield.
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