Reuters, Wall Street Journal, report on Merck’s mumps fraud case

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“Merck accused of stonewalling in mumps vaccine antitrust lawsuit,” a Reuters article by Brendan Pierson published Thursday, appears to be the first time a mainstream media outlet has covered explosive accusations that Merck falsified test results on its mumps vaccine. Today, the Wall Street Journal followed suit with coverage of its own, “Lawsuit Claims Merck […]

Europe turning against vaccines

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“Europeans are turning away from vaccines, amid rising distrust of immunization for infectious diseases,” begins an article earlier this year in EurActiv, the journal of record for the European Community, published in over a dozen languages and widely read by journalists as a go-to-source for emerging policy debates in Europe. As evidence for its claim, […]

Today’s Parent is misleading parents on vaccine schedules

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In “Are alternative vaccine schedules safe?” an article in this month’s issue of Today’s Parent, freelance writer Dory Cerny tells readers that “vaccination experts agree that tinkering with a schedule that has been painstakingly developed and proven over decades to be both safe and effective is impractical, potentially dangerous and gives parents a false sense of […]

Vaccines: Stenographer disease hits journalists at Wall Street Journal, CNN

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Jeanne Whalen knows how to get to the bottom of a story — until recently she honed her skills getting the scoop on CEOs and politicians alike at The Wall Street Journal’s London and Moscow Bureaus. But now that she’s the Journal’s Deputy Bureau Chief for Health and Science, she sometimes more resembles a stenographer, as […]

Washington Post’s fractured measles history

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“The incredible power of the measles vaccine, in 3 graphics,” a blog by Washington Post’s Ana Swanson, would more accurately be titled “How to mislead readers about measles, in 3 graphics.” Look at Swanson’s first graphic, “Measles incidence over time,” showing a steady incidence of measles prior to the early 1960s, followed by a precipitous […]

CTV News deserves kudos in broadcast over a court ruling that a child be vaccinated

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CTV News and its reporter Nicole Lampa provided fair and balanced coverage yesterday in a story about a Superior Court judge’s ruling in a dispute between separated parents as to whether their 10-year-old daughter should be vaccinated for measles. In reporting that the judge sided with the father’s desire for vaccination, CTV aired statements from both […]

Q: Who exactly is recommending a third MMR dose?

A: Public health authorities near you During a recent Twitter exchange, Andre Picard, the Globe and Mail’s health columnist, asked me “who exactly is recommending a third MMR dose” after I referred to increasing interest in extra shots. One answer: Public Health Agency of Canada. On its website, it now states: “Prevention of infection by […]

Three misses at the Toronto Star

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Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, the Toronto Star, let its readers down yesterday, three times off the mark in describing vaccine issues. All three let-downs appeared in a story covering recommendations by the C.D. Howe, an economic think tank, that Ontario should establish a vaccine registry. The first miss in “Ontario failing to meet national vaccination targets,” […]

Maine’s top news source misleads the state on “dangerous” measles

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“I’ve taken care of people — even children who have died — with measles,” Dora Mills, vice-president for clinical affairs at University of New England and former director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Bangor Daily News, Maine’s leading news source. “I don’t know of anyone who has seen measles […]

UBC doubles down on academic freedom, avoids firestorm

Unlike other leading Canadian universities, the University of British Columbia adopted a novel stance last week when the national press castigated it and one of its professors, Dr. Christopher Shaw, for conducting research into a possible link between vaccines and autism — it unambiguously backed both Shaw and the principle of academic freedom. Almost immediately, […]