Countdown: Andrew Wakefield, Worst Person in the World

Check out Keith Olbermann‘s excellent Countdown program on MSNBC TV.  Tonight Keith nominated Andrew Wakefield “Worst Person in the World” for lying in his bogus 1998 paper declaring a link between Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism.

Antivax bombshell

The Sunday Times carries a bombshell today, reporting that, according to evidence presented to the General Medical Council, Andrew Wakefield faked patient data in the original paper purporting to find a connection between MMR vaccine and autism, sparking the baseless and highly destructive vaccine scare that has lasted a decade and caused the incidence of measles to rocket.

The Sunday Times reports that Wakefield, alongside doctors John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch, is standing trial for serious professional misconduct before the Council, which has the power to reprimand them or strike them off the medical register.