Brian Deer spent four months investigating the MMR scare. His previous assignments for this newspaper have led to drugs being withdrawn, doctors being prosecuted and new laws being enacted.
As one of Britain’s top investigative journalists, he has also had to work under assumed names because pharmaceutical companies have tried to block his inquiries.
“Doctors and lawyers have grossed £15m from the legal aid fund in the six years since the Lancet paper on MMR appeared,” he said yesterday. “Thousands of children have gone unvaccinated because of a paper The Lancet now accepts was fatally flawed.”