In a July 29th interview with Toronto’s Newstalk 1010 radio, exonerated British doctor Andrew Wakefield stated that all the findings against him by the UK General Medical Council were overturned four years ago – a fact Autism Investigated has been reporting for months. He went further to say that if he was able to pay for his appeal, he would be entitled to practice medicine again in an interview that came out just months after he said he would give “very, very serious consideration” to having his license restored. Within days of the radio interview, panic ensued within the vaccine industry.
Writing for the website of the pharma-funded, vaccine-promoting Every Child By Two group, retired epidemiologist Joel Harrison authored a 17-page long rant entitled, “Andrew Wakefield Has Never Been ‘Exonerated': Why Justice Mitting’s Decision in the Professor John Walker-Smith Case Does Not Apply to Wakefield,” that concluded, “Andrew Wakefield himself was not, and given the overwhelming evidence against him, NEVER WILL BE EXONERATED.” Harrison tried to support the allegation that Wakefield was conducting unethical research by quoting the judge’s decision out of context, even though that allegation rested on findings the judge had overturned in his own ruling.
Whatever Harrison and others might say, there are simply no official findings left to justify Wakefield’s de-licensure or subsequent retraction of any of his published papers. In a signed letter to Autism Investigated, the General Medical Council stated that it would consider Wakefield’s application for re-licensure and “any further supporting evidence” he provides. Harrison and co. are undoubtedly nervous that Wakefield could get his license back, and rightly so.
Addendum: The audio track has been removed. Autism Investigated has made inquiries to the radio station about its removal and will keep you informed of any updates.