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Dean says legal cash for MMR-autism link was rejected after ethical consultations

This page is research from an investigation by Brian Deer for The Sunday Times of London and the UK's Channel 4 Television into a campaign linking the MMR children's vaccine with autism. | Go to part I: The Lancet scandal | Go to part II: The Wakefield factor

At the heart of Brian Deer's findings was a deal between Andrew Wakefield and a law firm Dawbarns, through which money from the UK's Legal Aid Board [now the Legal Services Commission] was used in a project which created the impression of a link between the vaccine and autism. In statements, Wakefield claimed that he received the legal money for "quite separate" work to what triggered the worldwide vaccine scare. Papers subsequently obtained tell a different story, as does this letter from the Royal Free's dean

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