On October 14, researchers Brian Hooker, PhD and Andrew Wakefield, MD filed an official complaint to the US government about scientific misconduct in a 2004 CDC study that claimed the MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism. What fueled this complaint was Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist and whistleblower, who admitted that he and others committed fraud and covered up the vaccine-autism connection.
What was covered up was data showing there was a 340% increase in autism if a child got the vaccine before 36 months of age compared with getting the shot after 36 months of age. This information was in the raw data but intentionally omitted from the study statistics.
Thompson’s conscience caught up with him. He said: “Oh my God … I cannot believe we did what we did … [bury the data on these children]…. It’s all there. I have handwritten notes … I have a boss who’s asking me to lie…. Higher ups wanted to do certain things and I went along with it.”
Thompson named executives at the CDC—Director of the Immunization Safety Office (Destefano) and Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Boyle)—as taking part of the cover-up.Share