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Meet The Man Behind The Modern Anti-Vaccine Movement

Andrew Wakefield helped sow doubt in vaccines, and that laid groundwork for vaccine skepticism today. 

Andrew Wakefield in London in 2010. 

Andrew Wakefield in London in 2010. 

Photographer: Anthony Devlin/PA Images/Getty Images

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On the second episode of the new series “Doubt,” meet the man behind all the myths: Andrew Wakefield. Wakefield’s retracted 1998 study linking autism to vaccines helped kickstart the modern vaccine hesitancy movement. We’ll explore the forces that helped propel Wakefield into the spotlight and show how groundwork Wakefield laid decades ago helped seed the mistrust we’re seeing in the age of the coronavirus. 

Listen to the first episode of “Doubt” here.